Wednesday, October 10, 2018

More on the need for libraries

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/24/palaces-for-the-people-at-the-library-everyone-is-welcome?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

"Libraries are not the kinds of institutions that most social scientists, policymakers, and community leaders usually bring up when they discuss social capital and how to build it. But they offer something for everyone, regardless of whether they’re a citizen, a permanent resident, or even a convicted felon – and all of it for free. Doing research in New York City, I learned that libraries and their social infrastructure are essential not only for a neighborhood’s vitality but also for buffering all kinds of personal problems – including isolation and loneliness."

Libraries are often seen today as unnecessary since we have the Internet now. But some people don't.  Plus there are social benefits the library affords.  But I think we need to re-think the design of libraries to update their usefulness.