Those Darn Librarians and Pesky Books

An article in the Daily Pilot explains that the upscale community of Newport Beach is considering closing one of its branches to save money and “to create a place where people want to come and be.”

Here’s my favorite line:

“By eliminating books and librarians at the building, they hope to adapt to modern times and save money while providing residents services they’ll actually use.”

Now, I agree that library service of the future will focus much more on content delivery than on actual books, however, don’t we still need trained librarians to do the work associated with curating, selecting, purchasing, managing and organizing that content.

Newport Beach would like to save money by eliminating trained reference librarians. The plan is instead to turn part of the Marina Park Community Center into an “electronic library.” Simply putting in some terminals with Internet connections and access to some content does not a library make. Thoughts?

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