October 18, 2021

Director of British Library Says Stop Asking Whether Libraries Will Still Exist in the Digital Age

From The Telegraph:

Stop worrying about whether libraries will survive the digital age, the head of the British Library has said, as he argues that they could outlast the internet.

Roly Keating, director of the British Library, said he was shocked at how many “smart people” still questioned whether libraries were still viable in the modern age.

Saying the institution had countless values worth defending, including trust, he argued that libraries could prove the most “powerful and resiliant network yet”.

“These values predated the internet,” he said. “And if we get it right may yet outlast it.”

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“Our commercial partners in the information delivery space do wonderful things and we couldn’t live our lives without them.

“But the time frame we think on, centuries back and centuries into the future, allows us to think about trust in its highest sense, and authentication and provenance of information, and digital information in particular.

“Those are hard-won privileges and values and they’re worth defending.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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