"Libraries have compensated for this shift by redefining their mission
around providing access to new technologies. The slow invasion of
computer clusters that has defined the past two decades of library
design serves an important purpose, but that mission, too, now seems
increasingly redundant. Already, three-quarters of Americans access the
Internet at home, with both broadband and mobile access rising steadily,
particularly among younger people. It seems unlikely that providing
on-site public access to online media will be a compelling justification
for funding brick-and-mortar libraries even a decade from now."
"Across the United States, librarians have been experimenting with ways
of expanding on this newly elaborated mission—for instance, by opening
so-called “maker spaces” in annexes and areas where bookshelves have
been cleared out. A throwback to the mechanic’s library of the 19th
century, maker spaces collect old and new technologies, from sewing
machines to 3-D printers, and encourage patrons to develop and share
skills that cannot be practiced over the Internet. "
what's happening with your local library? Is it embracing social media? Turning from passive information storage to resourcing innovative creation? Does your community support your library? Do you care?