Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The future of libraries

Seth Godin has an interesting blog post on the future of libraries in the digital age. He moves through the past history of libraries as a place to house the books and the home for librarians who take care of the books.  As information becomes increasingly digital, how will this change librarians and libraries?

Godin envisions librarians surviving by taking an active role, producing content and proactively guiding users through the digital universe:

"Librarians that are arguing and lobbying for clever ebook lending solutions are completely missing the point. They are defending library as warehouse as opposed to fighting for the future, which is librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario."

Godin also predicts: "The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books. Just in time for the information economy, the library ought to be the local nerve center for information."

What do you all think?  And, if you agree, how do we get there?