Library as Place — Response from the Audience

The idea Leigh has put forward of “library as place,” has raised some interesting questions from the audience.

In her remarks she had observered that libraries in corporate environments are “obsolete.” “The Information Center has become global and virtual, she said. InfoPros are imbedded in project teams.”

But she described public libraries as a thriving place–becoming the “first resort” for those from a community looking for Internet accesss.

In academia, she observed, libraries are struggling as “place,” and some provosts ask why can’t the library be virtual?

A public librarian (apparently from Philadelphia) in the audience has observed that public libraries are also sruggling for existence. “Here,” she said, “we have just closed several.”

Dick Kaser
ITI VP Content

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