May 24, 2022

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.

Read the Complete Editorial

See Also: Adams County’s library district restarts for digital age with Anythink (Denver Post, 12/6/2011)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.