ATG Book of the Week: BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

BiblioTECH 9780465042999Title: BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
Author: John Palfrey
Hardcover: 
ISBN 13: 978-0-465-04299-9, $26.99 / $33.99 CAN
Imprint: New York: Basic Books 2015 

Founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America John Palfrey explains how libraries can survive and flourish in a digital world…

In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.

Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.”

Nature
“Anyone interested in the future of libraries—and whether there is one at all—will find much to mull over in this book.”

 

Library Journal, starred review

“A celebration of libraries as well as a dose of tough love- this work should be required reading for librarians, particularly those who are looking to lead their libraries into the future.”

 

Publishers Weekly
“Carves out a strong and exciting vision for libraries in the 21st century.”

 

Kirkus
Palfrey provides insight into local efforts in schools and libraries around the country…. A significant wake-up call.”

 

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