Libraries Not Just Info, but Places of “Quiet Collaboration”

Nice commentary from Alex Wright in the Christian Science Monitor about how libraries are more than just collections of books, and therefore, not in any danger of disappearing as a result of massive digitization efforts.

Even in the silent reading rooms of our modern libraries, a kind of quiet collaboration takes place among readers, librarians, and authors. There is a tacit sense of community, and a reassuring solidity in the shared physical space that seems to provide an antidote to the specter of loneliness. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the emergence of the Internet has coincided with a doubling of public library attendance?