“Librarians in the Digital Age” [Infographic]


“The University of Southern California has created an infographic called, “Librarians in the Digital Age,” which explores how digital technology is changing libraries.”

 Most interesting to me is that the number of ebooks at libraries tripled from 2003 to 2011 (you can probably skip the second half of the graphic, which touches upon the somewhat obvious changing role of the librarian over the past few years).

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Speaking of libraries, I’ve been wondering about the One City, One Book programs that have been around for the past several years.

On the one hand, anything that involves building a sense of community and reading has some inherent good in it. On the other hand,  getting an entire city to read one book at the same time is a lot easier said than done. For example, from The New York Times: “Want a Fight? Pick One Book for All New Yorkers“, an article I am linking for the sole purpose of the following gem:

‘” ‘I don’t like these mass reading bees,” said Harold Bloom, unofficial custodian of the literary canon, professor at Yale and part-time New Yorker. He said reading was too private an experience for such municipal orchestration. ”It is rather like the idea that we are all going to pop out and eat Chicken McNuggets or something else horrid at once,’ he said.”

 Because, reading books together and eating Chicken McNuggets are like totally the same thing. Reading is a private experience, but it needn’t always be.

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