Libraries are about ‘people, not books’ as they survive and thrive in digital age

Libraries offer many children’s resources and book readings

Librarian Chris Jones remembers being warned in the late 1980s — just as the internet was emerging — that libraries would be “dead in five years”.

But despite advances in technology and the emergence of the digital age, he said libraries were thriving as people changed the way they used them.

Mr Jones said libraries were “here to stay” because they were about so much more than the books.

He said respondents to a survey done in 2000 found safety and social connection were the main things they got from libraries.[…]

Author: Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia [21st Century LIS Network: Information_Knowledge Retrieval & Dissemination Platform]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

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