Here’s a great article by Laura Miller on why googling can’t replace the collections, services and physical space that a good library provides. It repudiates the misguided reasoning of politicians trying to cut library funding and is illustrated with photos of the New York City library’s author artifacts collection. It is interesting to note how international this trend is: the British press is also full of news about branch closures and patron protests all over the UK.
This link was originally posted by the Canadian picture book scholar (and lucky me, my thesis adviser) Judith Saltman on the MACL listserve. Being a student gives me access to this and makes me the lucky recipient of many thoughtful, delightful, and enriching articles on books and reading.
Critics say they’re obsolete, but New York’s main branch is a reminder of what the Internet can never do
Why libraries still matter
photo of VPL central branch foyer by Mauro Coimbra http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauro_coimbra/