The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

“During my morning run, I cut through the public library’s parking lot. My books are overdue, I remind myself. Like many Americans in the downturn, I’ve increased my use of the local public library. In 2011, OCLC — a library consortium — reported that library usage increased for 36 million Americans. All told, 69 percent of Americans currently use public libraries. My library is a remarkable value — a banquet of books and periodicals, earnest service, and free WiFi. Lately, libraries are playing an unheralded role in the economic recovery by helping people find work and build businesses.”

via Patricia Martin

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