As someone who is a grad student in library science, I’m obviously concerned about the future of libraries, especially in what’s become an overwhelmingly digital age. Along those lines, Dr. Albert Mohler has another interesting post on his blog today called The Citadel and the Open Space – Will Libraries Survive in the Internet Age ? In it, Dr. Mohler cites an upcoming article by Robert Darnton in The New York Review of Books. There’s discussion about how many students are under the impression that everything can be found on the internet, and the reasons for actually making the trip to a physical library building are getting fewer. Dr. Mohler is aware of the role that digitization of books by Google and other materials such as journals and magazines have on research today, but he’s clearly a fan of the printed book:
*** Dr. Mohler – “The future will be digital (or whatever replaces digital media), but the future will also need the library. The library will remain as a citadel, where books need no batteries and reading requires no Bluetooth or wireless technology. The spirit of scholarship will always be most at home among books, and the soul committed to learning will always find nourishment in the library.”
So with that in mind, I’d like to hear your take on this…
1) How often do you use your local library ? Do you primarily buy your books or do you borrow more from the library ?
2) What do you think of digital readers like Amazon’s Kindle, that allow you to store many books on a device and read them electronically ?
3) Do you think libraries should have more of a bookstore feel to them and offer food and drinks, to compete with the Borders and Barnes & Nobles ?
As a library science student, I’d love to hear your views on this !