Libraries and e-readers…two posts

This is a great blog post about the value of libraries and how the e-reader does not spell the demise of libraries shared with us by Cheryl Badger.

excerpt: “…The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work at a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user…Librarians that are arguing and lobbying for clever ebook lending solutions are completely missing the point. They are defending library as warehouse as opposed to fighting for the future, which is librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario.”



Another from our favorite blog, The Committed Sardine, addresses the e-reader’s limitations and how the consideration of e-readers is still limiting by definition:

excerpt: “…Literary content, however, is no longer just a matter of words on a (digital) page. Though Kindle devotees will tell you they love the paperlike display of the screen, which, unlike a backlit LCD screen, doesn’t have glare issues in direct sunlight, all the Kindle provides is text, font size control, and a way to turn the page. Basically, it replicates the experience of the paper-bound book. But it’s not just about the book versus the screen anymore: It’s about reconsidering what it means to read…”


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