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Jess Reads

Feminist library assistant. Music enthusiast, tea & coffee addict. Sherlockian & casual gamer.


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BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google - John Palfrey I initially found out about this book when John Palfrey gave an engaging and dynamic talk at the Kansas City Public Library in 2015. Thankfully the Library streamed it on YouTube, otherwise I would have missed it entirely.

What he has to say is important. I think most people who grew up with libraries, who work in libraries, and who are keeping close eye on how technology continues to evolve - will agree that libraries DO matter more than ever. The message, however, is a bit redundant throughout the book. An impassioned plea for digital change to keep libraries alive in the age of draconian budget cuts will only catch the ears of those who know what will be missed. We have to recognize the various, essential services that libraries provide, and implement better marketing strategies. (If people don't know what libraries can do, why would they visit in the first place?) The truth is that librarians are undervalued, overworked, and this isn't news. So who is this book intended to reach?

It's thoughtful. This may not be essential reading to those in the field, but it is nevertheless worthy of being an advocacy tool for libraries.