An interesting ‘heads up’ today on the BBC Breakfast news re libraries and their current state. It seems that we are not using them enough and that some are certain to be closed. What to do about this is a really good question in this digital age.
The News report did nothing to highlight the services – mostly free – that libraries offer and just focussed on books. Perhaps it is the image of libraries that has to change. Ideas of ‘libraries’ in shops, cafes and pubs … closer to the people … was talked up. But I am not sure … perhaps schools could do more to foster the connections across the community … or perhaps the community library should be in the local school (I know this happens in some places).
I spend most of my reading time online but always have books and magazines around me. Is this because of where I have come from rather than where I am going to? And I now read books on my iPad rather than on paper. Will the next set of loans be digital downloads to my iPad from a website library? Will the materials that children read in schools soon be coming to them on e-book readers? Are the publishers already onto this?
More space to watch here …