Karl`s PC Help Forums Last active: Never
Not logged in [Login ]
Go To Bottom

In memory of Karl Davis, founder of this board, who made his final journey 12th June 2007

Printable Version | Subscribe | Add to Favourites   Post new thread Poll:
Author: Subject: The future of libraries?
marymary100
Underwater Plumber
********


Avatar


Posts: 32197
Registered: 9-5-2004
Location: Scotia
Theme: Iconic
Member Is Offline

Mood: fact me

[*] Post 508885 posted on 5-8-2017 at 09:04 Reply With Quote
The future of libraries?



How often do you use your library and what for?


My local library has shut down and the nearest one is 5 miles away but the local authority is getting round that by having some book titles available for electronic download for the period of the loan then it disappears from the device.

New York libraries are now going to allow users to download up to 10 movies a month from a list of 30,000 possibilities. Many are educational and have handy things like transcripts to aid learning.

article

Other libraries are also allowing 3D printing.
View User's Profile View All Posts By User
scholar
Knowledge of Ages
*******


Avatar


Posts: 32176
Registered: 14-10-2004
Location: Illinois
Theme: KF Blue (Default)
Member Is Offline

Mood: pensive

[*] Post 508889 posted on 5-8-2017 at 09:50 Reply With Quote


I stop at the library in the town where I used to live, to get quick access to my e-mail and internet when I want to check something before I go home. I printed some legal documents when they did not print exactly right with my word processor.

I expect the web will greatly diminish libraries in coming years in developed countries. The cost of printed books, the cost of personnel, the cost of the building--lights, heating, cleaning, the land on which it rests--all are so very much more than the cost of electronic retrieval of information and fiction.:(

I am a lover of physical books.
View User's Profile View All Posts By User
LSemmens
Undercover MOD
********


Avatar


Posts: 32767
Registered: 19-11-2004
Location: Riverton, South Australia
Theme: Windows XP Silver
Member Is Offline

Mood: Gone crazy, Back soo

[*] Post 508900 posted on 5-8-2017 at 23:11 Reply With Quote


Sadly, I do think that they are a dying breed. I, too, love "real" books, but rarely visit a library these days. Time was when we were great friends with our local library staff. To the point that when they re-arranged the order of the Star Trek books into general fiction (which, of course, they were) it became impossible to find them because of so many different authors we sent a "Not Happy, Jan" to the head librarian. They re-arranged the books again, for us. Incidentally, her name was, actually, Jan. Some of the staff even came to our farewell when we left Darwin.
View User's Profile View All Posts By User
Post new thread Poll:

Guest Notice
You are a guest, as a guest you can only see a maximum of 3 posts per thread.

If you want to see the rest, please click here to register.