Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Traditionalists vs Modernists

"Libraries: Stop Doing it by the Book." Times / Mike Pattenden.
UK: Times Online, March 30th 2010.
"The recently released Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) review ring-fenced the Libraries Act 1964, effectively preserving libraries as a cornerstone of our culture. However, its talk of free e-books, social networking use, community diversity and commercial links has fuelled a fierce debate about the purpose of a library in the modern age."
“Downstairs children, PCs, upstairs good book stock, quiet -- off you go.” Does there really need to be a dichotomy of “shhh and fining or Starbucks and PCs”?!

See Also:
Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement  / Department for Culture, Media, & Sport
Report on the Modernisation of Public Libraries / What's Next Top Trends
"Libraries in the UK: A Perfect Storm ?" Only Connect / OttawaPublicLibrarian