Sunday, June 7, 2009
According to Wikipedia, "Public libraries exist in most nations of the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population." For this reason, the concept of the public library will never lose its relevance in society. However, as most societal institutions, adapting to the needs of its patrons is a crucial step into the future, both real and virtual. Librarians are in the unique position of helping patrons bridge worlds. Where else can one pick a book off the shelf that was published in 1898 and purchased with community tax dollars, then sit down at a computer, powered by WiFi, and post a blog about what was just read?