Web boosts library use

JET sent along This dallasnews.com Article (SOrry, reg. req.) that says the web is helping public libraries. They say scholars at the end of the 19th century believed the newly invented telephone would signal the end of the public library.
They said the same of microfilm as it became popular after World War II. And the Internet – the library’s latest top enemy – was supposed to serve the final blow in the ’80s and early ’90s.

“Almost every new technological development that has come out was supposed to end libraries,” said Carol Brey-Casiano, president of the American Library Association.
“The truth is, with the Internet, what we have seen is the converse has happened. The Internet has brought more people into libraries.”