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Will the internet replace libraries?

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Doing away with libraries would save taxpayers’ money, while concurrently raising the price of Amazon stock. According to the piece, Amazon should open its doors to the public, and thus obliterate the need for public libraries; thus reducing the cost to taxpayers, who don’t use the library because they are allegedly sitting in Starbucks.
https://www.peabodylibrary.org/freeforall/?p=10061
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Amazon is a store that is stocked and run by analytics. Which means it only stocks best-sellers and other such high-interest titles. Amazon is a private company. It is designed to make money; not to serve a community. A side note worth making is that Amazon’s presence in a city has a direct and distinctly negative effect on the way-of-life of its residence. Do your taxes pay for the library? Yes, in part, they do. The Main Library receives approximately 1% of the total city budget. We also receive money from the state and the federal government, as well–just like most libraries across the country. And we make that money work for us and for you, by investing in paper-and-ink books, ebooks, dvds, streaming services, digital subscriptions, and other technology that you and many, many other people can access on-site and remotely.
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Do you believe that the internet will replace libraries? Which do you prefer: the internet or libraries?
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Although they may seem on the surface to serve the same purpose, the internet will not replace libraries. There are many physical items that are not yet on the internet, although there may come a time when they are. What the internet cannot provide is a place for people to be, programs for people to attend, people who can help evaluate information and locate exactly the information needed, and a connection to the internet for those who have none.
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Libraries have been an invaluable part of human history, propagating our culture and knowledge over centuries. But recognizing the changing times and pointing out the obvious shouldn’t be considered blasphemy. It is what it is.
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Not everyone has access to the internet, and not all the information on the internet is real/valid/complete. In addition, many sources of really good information are behind paywalls, and libraries often have subscriptions to those so that patrons can use them for free.
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Not everyone has access to the internet, and not all the information on the internet is real/valid/complete. In addition, many sources of really good information are behind paywalls, and libraries often have subscriptions to those so that patrons can use them for free.
The subscriptions really are a help especially if you won't be using them regularly.
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The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge. And digital distribution has replaced the role of a library as a central hub for obtaining the containers of such knowledge: books. And digital bits have replaced the need to cut down trees to make paper and waste ink to create those books. This is evolution, not devolution.
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One other major issue is that not everyone has a comfortable place to hang out and learn/study or just relax. There are places you can do that, but most of them require that you at least buy a cup of coffee. The library is free. It is the “third place” that someone can be for free when they are not at work/school and not at home.
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It’s hard for me to even remember the last time I was in a library. I was definitely in on a historical tour. Before that, I think it was when I was in college. But even then, ten years ago, the internet was replacing the need to go to a library. And now, with e-books, I’m guessing the main reason to go to a library on a college campus is simply because it’s a quiet place to study.
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Not really. A library has items in it that are judged useful and relevant by qualified staff. The internet is unregulated and anything no matter from what unreliable source can be posted.
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No, the internet will never replace actual libraries. People come into our libraries for far more than just viewing or reading material. They come in for suggestions, for programs, for computers, wifi and for social interactions with others. Plus I have many people who absolutely love actual books. They are sure that ebooks will never replace actual books for them.
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Some of the largest and most prestigious libraries will most likely live on. But the people lurking in them may increasingly look like Gandalf in the bowels of Minas Tirith looking through the scrolls of Isildur. Hahahaha.
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Forbes needs to stop publishing opinion pieces. They're not journalism; they're tabloid nonsense.
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It seems that nearly everyone is actually in agreement that libraries, as we currently know them, are going away. But no one wants to admit it because calling for the end of libraries seems about as popular as the Dewey Decimal System.
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It seems that nearly everyone is actually in agreement that libraries, as we currently know them, are going away. But no one wants to admit it because calling for the end of libraries seems about as popular as the Dewey Decimal System.
The what? What's the Dewey Decimal thing?
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