We run the risk of being replaced

July 15, 2011 at 10:15 am 1 comment

Read: Libraries and the Future of Electronic Content Delivery

Micahel Porter on Library Renewal at American Libraries.

Either we figure out how to get people the electronic content they want, when they want it, in the formats they want it, or someone else does it … and for a price that only some can afford. These companies, the faces of the new publishing, will deliver content in ways that lack our special training, care, understanding, community commitment, and long historical view. This trend threatens both librarians’ roles as providers of unfettered access to content and information, and—since it is built on this concept—democracy itself.

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  • 1. Cameron Asbell  |  July 27, 2011 at 2:39 am

    The demand for electronic content is getting greater with the recent rise in popularity of e-readers. In the past year our library has seen a huge increase in customers wanting digital content. I agree wholeheartedly that we need to be figuring out how to provide what people want otherwise we risk being left behind. I think this is an exciting time and I look forward to what the future holds.

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