Friday, November 29, 2013

The Devolving Library


There will always be books - the great misjudgment.
OK, I've been trying to steer away from the anti-digital stuff, but like Michael Corleone I always seem to get reeled back in. I've touched on this before, but I just wanted to touch on this a little more because I see this evolving paradigm stuff getting actively pushed by libraries on Facebook. It is just driving me nuts. Why continue to run full-speed into the gallows?

I understand that they see this trend as irreversible and they want to jump onto the correct side before it is too late. But it is like the bookstores selling e-readers. When stories (e-book is an aberrative term and I am going to officially discard the use on my site) can be downloaded from the Internet what is the point of the brick and mortar facility? The e-reader can simply be purchased at a spawn of Satan store like Target anyway.

Their collaboration and enabling of their own destruction is on a level of Neville Chamberlain's piece of paper. Their saying that there will always be books is their guaranteeing peace in our time. By actively saying that there needs to be accommodation for e-readers and digital stories is their act of betting against the book. As the ratio shifts more and more what are they going to do with all the free shelf space? I mean as budgets squeeze its quite obvious to me that this archaic thing called the book is going to get the axe. When I sign onto the local library from my smart-phone and rent access to the library server when I am actually going to walk into the damned building? Mark my words this is the Sudeten Crisis of the library as a public functioning institution.

Yes, I know I can borrow movies. Maybe get a tax form. But is that all the evolving library going to be? Is the library simply going to be a glorified Red Box dispenser? Just a few banks of computers? And if you think that won't happen... it already has! My beloved City of Springfield has already proposed it! And this is where I got into a little tiff with a library friend on Facebook. They said it was the future. They have to stay in the game and evolve.Yes, my friends, no books... just Internet access. I don't have to like it and I won't. Libraries were once centers of culture, massive public works projects and national treasures on the scale of the Library of Alexandria. Now I feel that I am writing their obituary.

I don't want to walk into a library without books in them!! The building will be just some starch-white anti-septic morgue. The future is not written in stone. The future is what you make of it. I hope that what I see is only what may happen and not necessarily what will happen. So go borrow a book while you still can.

Applies to buildings as well


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