BiblioTech

Carlos Lozada, writes a review of John Palfrey’s book entitled Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, for The Washington Post, that proves to be an interesting read. Starting with the eye-catching title of the post, Lozada provides many interesting quotes from the book. Palfrey, former head of the Harvard Law School Library and founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America, “wants a library revolution, one that remakes the institution’s technology, goals and training.”

A couple direct quotes from the post:

Bibliotech serves as an extended mission statement for libraries’ continued relevance. But relevance comes with a price. “For centuries, libraries have remained essentially separate, even competing with one another to establish and maintain the greatest collection,” Palfrey writes. Now, they need to “recast themselves as platforms rather than storehouses.” This transition won’t be easy, he cautions, and will require giving up lots of old, bad habits.

Palfrey’s biggest service may be in shaking us free of our nostalgia for the local public libraries of our youth. “Just as we all love a memory of a childhood experience, we love the idea of libraries in general.” But that can be a “patronizing sort of love,” Palfrey cautions. And it won’t get libraries to where they need to be or how they need to think.

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