“The image of a library as a building filled with books, quiet readers and shushing librarians is fading fast as we get ever more of our information through the internet. Websites like Wikipedia and vast online databases have largely replaced physical copies of reference books and back issues of journals. Other books can be offered in digital form, or physical copies stored out of sight and called up via an automated retrieval system.”
True. There is this idea that traditional libraries are no longer needed so it is understandable that librarians turn to “maker spaces” and so on.
There still needs to be a discussion on the quality of the information that we get through the internet. Is it really best that people use Wikipedia as an authoritative resource, and a search that retrieves 1,000,000+ results can provide the most “relevant” in the top 10 results and the rest should be ignored because they are “not so relevant”?
It may be true, but I suspect not. People are settling for the ease of search retrieval and consider that “good enough” because if you seriously question it, you may be opening a Pandora’s box.
Still, it is happening and at least this way, libraries can keep their doors open!