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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Not Everyone Pleased by New Library Technology

Libraries Are Being Ruined by Technology

Peter Franklin | July 14, 2015

Libraries should be full of two things – (a) books and (b) silence.
They gave up on the hush years ago: ringing mobiles, leaky headphones, idle chat and screaming children aren’t just tolerated but encouraged. Noisiest of all are the librarians themselves, gabbling away at a volume that would shame a fishwife.

An even bigger betrayal is the trend away from books, which, one might have thought, are the whole point of a library. In libraries in this country and elsewhere, bookshelves have retreated before the advance of various electronic technologies – which have a tendency to age much faster than the good old-fashioned hardback.

<more at; related links: (List of destroyed libraries) and (How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library; Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.); further: (Is Technology Ruining Society. October 9, 2014) and (The Memetic Immune System of the Internet; Ending the threat of misinformation online could be as easy as listing responding articles alongside the faulty claims)>

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