The Stacks: The New Library

Although almost certainly meant tongue-in-cheek, Linda Holmes argument that libraries and librarians may be the next big, pop culture fad, may just be onto something.  We’ve written before on the trends taking shape in libraries across the country.  Holmes’ argument that librarians ‘know stuff’ accords with the increasingly diverse skill set demanded of today’s librarians.  And Holmes’ observation that ‘libraries will give you stuff for free’ captures an essential characteristic of today’s library: today’s library is becoming the place to go to access free content – all content – in a variety of formats, even digital resources. 

Holmes’ prediction of a reality television program (she suggests it be called ‘The Stacks’) which follows the trials and tribulations of a library notwithstanding, she’s very likely right: libraries are in the middle of a process of transformation, a process that will change the way we think of libraries, but will make them that much more essential to the populace.

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