Here’s an article from Jessamyn at librarian.net about the end of the Book in the college library, or not? It’s all a little scary to me and i’m a big advocate of new library technology, social networking, coffee drinking in libraries, conversation and little or no librarian shushing. But while the math teachers seem happy I’m not so sure about everyone else. Some of my best reading was done when I should have been studying for exams, stressed out about courses or just wandering the dusty volume filled lovely stacks of the University of Oklahoma Library (see picture of students with computers and BOOKS).
I can’t see myself giving up the Great Reading Room at OU for a kindle.
The end of books is something to think about. I just heard an interesting NPR program, To the Best of our Knowledge, KOSU aired it, about what libraries mean to people and what they say about a person.
Writer and critic Alberto Manguel assembled a personal library of some thirty thousand volumes which he houses in an old converted stone barn in a village in France. Manguel talks with Anne Strainchamps about his library and other libraries and librarians he has known. Manguel’s books on reading include “A Reading Diary,” “A History of Reading,” and most recently “The Library at Night.”
I hope someone always keeps that light in the library on for me so I can read my book.