I recently read an article on CNN.com that discussed the future of libraries. John Sutter, the author of the article noted that books are being pushed aside for digital learning centers and gaming areas and that “Loud Rooms” that promote public interaction and team projects are taking over. In other words the libary is undergoing a complete transformation.
I have noticed that at my public library (Cobb County Public Library), patrons have forgotten how to be quiet and respectful of others. Even the librarians talk in normal voices and no longer whisper. I miss the peace and quiet of the library!
There was a time when libraries were libraries and community centers were community centers — each a separate place with different purposes!
Sutter closes his article with a graduate student in library science saying that if libraries are going to evolve, then he will too. I, however, don’t want to evolve. What about you? Please leave a comment and let everyone know what you think…..
For the complete article on CNN.com you can click the following link: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/04/future.library.technology/index.html.