There is yet another article about libraries and the perpetual pursuit of reinvention. While this LA Times piece features one of my faves, the Anythink libraries (Rangeview) in Colorado, it makes me wonder why there are not more articles about banks reinventing themselves. Or universities. Or grocery stores. Or bookstores, department stores, and insurance companies.
Nearly every profession, with the possible exceptions of Jiffy Lube and hair salons, have been affected by the digital age. You can do almost everything online, but still people choose to leave their houses.
Admittedly, the e-book issue is a sticky one for libraries, but ultimately people like libraries for the community aspect and as a place to go when they need some help. This same premise may just keep academic and public libraries alike humming along – whether virtually or actually.