Seth Godin’s Take On The Library

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Seth Godin posted a very interesting take on the future of our libraries. The way technology has changed has put pressure on librarians to step up and do more to invite avid readers and kids in.

The future of the library

What is a public library for?

First, how we got here:

Before Gutenberg, a book cost about as much as a small house. As a result, only kings and bishops could afford to own a book of their own.

This naturally led to the creation of shared books, of libraries where scholars (everyone else was too busy not starving) could come to read books that they didn’t have to own. The library as warehouse for books worth sharing.

Only after that did we invent the librarian.

The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work at a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user. Read more here.

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3 comments on “Seth Godin’s Take On The Library

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I don’t think librarians get enough credit for what they do.

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  2. Thank you for this story – I had completely forgot how libraries came about. And I agree that a librarian isn’t just the person who stands at the desk and smiles while you ask about a book – they are our connection to a world of information. Thanks to a fellow Kansan for a great post. 🙂

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