Libraries Jim, but not as we know them ; LETTERS . [Bristol Evening Post (England)]
(Bristol Evening Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ?GERRY Small's correspondence: Libraries still the best places for researching (Letters Oct 15) suggested that I was perhaps being terribly modern (wholesale acceptance of internet etc.) in claiming that it is only a matter of time before all civic libraries are closed.
He/she went on to say: Should he ever get involved in a serious piece of research he will discover that neither internet search engines nor e-books can yet provide him with the detailed and accurate information needed for anything more than a quick reference function.
It might interest the writer to know that I have been involved in much research as part of my on-going higher education studies. Moreover, the vast majority of the research was done courtesy of university libraries as public libraries often lacked the academic material needed!
While I appreciate he/she was making a serious case for the retention of public libraries, I would yet again claim they will eventually become as extinct as the proverbial dodo!
However, before becoming obsolete they will of course futilely attempt to rebrand/market themselves as creditable alternatives to the rapidly improving in-depth alternatives to be found on-line.
Whether we like it or not progress seems inevitable, and not unlike King Canute who failed to stop the tide coming in, public libraries will be swamped by the information internet superhighway.
Some might fight these technological advances, but eventually all they will be left to do is ruminate on a lyrical quote from The Firm's Star Trekkin, namely: It's life Jim but not as we know [knew] it!
R L Smith Knowle
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