The Marathon County Situation got me thinking all is not well in libraryland. Here's 4 other random posts that did the same.
My 4 Year Old Told Me To “Google It”
Can you connect This Story By Mat Siltala to libraries?
He turned to me and said: “Why don’t you just Google it Dad, because you use it to find everything else”. I guess he does hear me (more then I realize) say stuff like “find it on Google”, or “look it up on Google” with everyday interactions with my wife, friends or clients! It was so funny, cute and genuine that I was speechless.
Cowboy Junkies Paradox
Can you connect This Story By Seth Godin to libraries?
Marketers of all stripes face the same challenge. Your current customers want nothing but the old stuff, but the new customers don't know you exist, so they can't speak up.
Cat teeth: search trumps experience
Can you connect This Story By Stephen Baker to libraries?
Search is replacing the knowledge we gain from experience: the tactile, slightly risky, scratched fingers variety. We can learn more facts this way, but do they mean as much to us?
"The Expectation Economy"
I know you can connect This Post By George Needham over at OCLC:
One of the hardest changes for librarians to face seems to be that people have choices today. When we had a semi-monopoly on required readings, encyclopedias, back issue magazines, and 16mm films, we could pretty much make and enforce any rules we wanted. Those days are gone forever.
Search is replacing the knowledge we gain from experience: the tactile, slightly risky, scratched fingers variety. That search is being done via the web, without any assistance, and without any payment by the searcher.
Seeing this post reminded me I had started to write about 2 recent experiences I had that help reinforce my pessimism about the future of libraries. If you haven't read my old posts on this here's a quick summary: I fear libraries, especially public libraries, are doomed because enough people have enough different reasons to think they're useless now. Enough people won't use them, think of them, or support them when the time comes and this will spell big trouble for our profession in the future. I'm not predicting this, but rather admitting my fears.