I rather think not looking increasing patronage in our Auckland libraries. Libraries will evolve as e-book technology continues to rise but the library will still be a community hub where information, literature, and good place to have a read or scan on the Internet can happen very freely. Also Libraries act as Auckland Council repositories for official documents that come out for consultation from time to time.
Rebekka and I still use the library despite being Digital savvy alot.
An extract from the linked blog
Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge.
In a recent Financial Times article about e-books and Amazon Prof John Kay casually dismissed public libraries as being doomed alongside printed books. He observed that readers might miss the “comfortable ambience” of libraries and likened library users to nostalgic steam train enthusiasts, but essentially his view was no harm would come if libraries disappeared. This blog post is based on my original response to that article.
It is not just library sceptics like Prof Kay who portray public libraries as more about printed knowledge than digital knowledge. Those campaigning to save libraries from spending cuts often point to the sacrilege of removing book shelves more than the inequality of the information divide and its conjoined twin, the digital divide. Free access to written knowledge as a route to a better life is what galvanised support for the first publicly-maintained libraries; not reading for the sake of reading. In 1852 Manchester opened the UK’s first free lending library and in his address at the grand opening, with Charles Dickens as guest of honour, Sir John Potter, Mayor of Manchester and main benefactor said:
We have been animated solely by the desire to benefit our poorer fellow-creatures. It is the duty of those who are more favoured by fortune than they, to do everything in their power to afford additional means of education and advancement to those classes.
W.R. Credland’s The Manchester Public Free Libraries (1899) a copy of which has been digitized by the Internet Archive project
In other words the purpose of the library was to enable the poor to build better lives.
It would be a damn shame for Council to be doing library cutbacks in the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan due to Council financial mismanagement and wrong spending priorities….