Sunday, January 29, 2012

As They Have Been Doing All Along, Libraries Adapt to Technology

Area libraries adapt in a high-tech world.  (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 1/29/2012)

Will the local library as we know it soon be a thing of the past?

Cool it, say local librarians.

Librarians say people have to remember the publishing industry itself doesn't know exactly what to make of e-books. For instance, some publishers have declined to share their books with libraries in a digital format, said Eric Jennings, a research and instruction librarian at UW-Eau Claire.

Meanwhile, the market hasn't determined what will be the dominant platform for e-books. Will it be the Kindle? The iPad? Something else?

John Stoneberg, director of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, likened the situation to the VCR tug-of-war between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s. The future of e-books, the publishing industry and libraries are in flux right now, Stoneberg and others say.

And librarians say it will be some time before digital checkouts outstrip their hard-copy counterparts.

"I don't see that happening anytime in the near future," Jennings said.

Notice a theme here?
Public libraries in Portland, nationwide adapt to technological evolution.  (The Oregonian, 1/13/2012)
Ebooks:  Libraries adapting to popular format.  (, 1/9/2012)
Not Your Grandfather’s Library: In a digital world, Delaware libraries are evolving.  (DFM News, 12/20/2011)

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