Rick Anderson in "Away from the Icebergs," refers to the bygone information age, potential disasters, and significant threats. One of these "threats" he refers to is the "just in case" print collection. I think that he speaks too harshly of the library's past. The library's present of 2.0 has been built on the past: on rich print collections and personal trips to the library. Dr. Wendy Schultz presents a more positive view of the library's past. She refers to the "treasured past" and "adventure of the future." She says that libraries are not just collections, but also conversations, communities, and a place that "preserves and promotes memories."
I believe we should feel excited about the emerging world of 2.0 and beyond, but as we embrace the future, let's remember to appreciate the past. As I imagine becoming a librarian, I see stacks filled with books that students are anxious to read; I see reading areas where one can sit and read that irresistible novel; I hear myself talking to other readers about characters, plots, and themes. Yes, I also see cutting edge technology and computer access. But, a library that is technology rich does not have to be print poor. I have expressed this idea before, and I repeat it again: Keep the books! Embrace technology, but keep the books! The present is full of change, so let us future librarians make wise choices. The library of the future has room for its past.
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