TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

What is the future of libraries?

Libraries withdraw (either throw out, resale, or recycle) print materials all the time. Many libraries say that these print materials are being replaced by resources on the web or non print resources. But with the rising costs of subscriptions, licensing, legal issues involved with copyright, privacy and what not, how can libraries provide access to all of these types of materials? Are libraries throwing out some of our heritage when withdrawing print materials? Where are libraries heading and how can they navigate the waters of freedom of expression in a digital age, security, public access, or free services.

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Oct 9 2011: Libraries I think will be a little like churches: cold, quiet places where one goes to meditate :)

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.