Denver Post Publishes Editorial About Public Libraries in the Digital Age
From the Denver Post Editorial:
It was intriguing to read a Denver Post story Tuesday about the ways in which traditional Colorado libraries are reinventing themselves for the digital age.
More power to them.
As people increasingly look to electronic devices for their information needs, libraries must adapt to remain relevant. We in the news business know a little bit about that.
Libraries of the future have to be about more than sharing digitized versions of books or providing computer access for those who don’t have it.
Those are important missions, to be sure, but if libraries are to remain centers of the communities in which they are located, they should be places of learning, creativity and community engagement.
The days of the “book museum” are long gone.
Public funding is an important question for libraries, and if they cannot persuade voters they are a vital piece of the future, they may wither.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.