June 05, 2011

The future of the library/ the library of the future

Seth Godin postulates in a recent blog posting
What is a public library for?

Before Gutenberg...The library as warehouse for books worth sharing.

After Gutenberg...we definitely needed a warehouse to store all this bounty, and more than ever we needed a librarian to help us find what we needed. The library is a house for the librarian.
 
Post-Gutenberg...the library is no longer a warehouse for dead books.

The next library is a place, still. A place where people come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together. Aided by a librarian ... who can bring domain knowledge and people knowledge and access to information to bear.

There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value.
 
We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime.

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