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The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire

http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/apr12/Coffman–The-Decline-and-Fall-of-the-Library-Empire.shtml

The premise of this article is that the library’s role in web directories, library 2.0, virtual reference, intermediated searching, public access computing, ebooks, and the electric library has come and gone.  What do you think?

Keep in mind that the author is the Vice President of a company that sells outsourced library services:  http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/14/cities-give-high-marks-to-private-firm-hired-to/

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2 thoughts on “The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire

  1. Kathy Bryan Smargiassi on said:

    It’s certainly one-sided. If I were to believe it, I wouldn’t think I still had a job.

  2. Kathy Bryan Smargiassi on said:

    Yesterday we had librarians helping patrons at both computers at the Info desk, one on the phone, and a line waiting. This doesn’t even count the people surounding the circulation desk. I was run ragged by the end of the day. I think the articles about the death of libraries are a bit premature.

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