πŸ“‘ One for the books: the unlikely renaissance of libraries in the digital age

Bookmarked One for the books: the unlikely renaissance of libraries in the digital age (The Sydney Morning Herald)

In a fast-paced, digital age of quid pro quo, libraries stand as safe places where people help other people. Their renaissance is as much about community as their literary riches.

Often the discussion around the future of libraries focuses on technology and spaces, however Jane Cadzow’s deep dive uncovers the more human side of libraries throughout Australia:

Being with people in a pleasant indoor setting usually carries a price of admission, whether it’s $5 for a cup of coffee in a cafe or $100 for a theatre ticket. Even in shopping malls, security guards are likely to ask you to move on if you look like hanging about indefinitely without spending money. β€œThe public library,” says Vallance, β€œis the one place where absolutely everyone – regardless of their background, their wealth, their status – can be assured of a respectful welcome and a friendly reception.”

This reminds me about discussions of what will and will not be automated in the future.

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