Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Column I: The Health of Libraries

"Column I: The Health of Libraries." The State of Publishing / Ben Shattuck.
America: Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 2011.

"Then why do we still need libraries and not just PCs and a search bar? Why, again, are library cards still important? The Internet is a swamp of misinformation. There's no doubt it's a valuable research tool, but it can be incredibly difficult to navigate through what's credible information and what's not. As Ms. Reardon said, "The web has a lot of stuff, but I think what we're doing here is honing in on a very specific type of information that people look for." Libraries are still the guides and keepers of credible information, whether that information has been scanned, downloaded, or printed."