10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age

This article from American libraries provides a good summary of the continued relevance of libraries.  The 10 ways below were compiled from both clients and library staff:

  • Libraries are a gathering place
  • Libraries are a first step to literacy.
  • Libraries are there for all ages.
  • Libraries help people use the Internet. … And libraries help people use the Internet better.
  • Libraries are interested in your privacy.
  • Libraries are hubs for preserving the past.
  • Libraries are there in a crisis.
  • Libraries offer the human touch

It’s not an exhaustive list, by any means, but it would certainly be a good topic of discussion in LIS classes, particularly if there was an attempt to rank order the list in order of importance or priority.

10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine.


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