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10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age

Submitted by Greg Landgraf on Wed, 05/04/2011 – 09:26 After “10 Reasons Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library,” a 2001 article in American Libraries, received some unwelcome attention two weeks ago, we sought your feedback to help create an updated version. Based on reader comments and staff discussions, we’ve drafted this list of reasons why libraries matter in a digital age. We welcome your additions to this list. Libraries serve the disenfranchised. You don’t need to be the proper age, or the proper race, or have enough money, or know the right politicians, or believe in the “right” things to use the library’s resources. Libraries are a gathering place. The physical structures and the programs within them make possible social and cultural discourse with friends and strangers. “They are a safe place … Read entire article »

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