Today’s Library is More Than Shelves and Books

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Today’s Library is More Than Shelves and Books

A library has for many centuries been primarily a repository of books, but modern electronic communication is creating a significant challenge to the value of the printed page. So how do libraries stay relevant in a time when the value of printed books is in question?

The leaders of libraries have the need to re-imagine those libraries as more than literary warehouses, especially in rural areas where information access is more scarce than in populated areas. To remain relevant, a rural or small town library must become an engaging community center. Modern librarians must apply their expertise as curators and navigators of exponentially expanding information, no matter how that information is delivered. It is not a matter of shunning technology, but of integrating with it to create a functional hybrid that serves all facets of the local community. This is the vision that the Tocker Foundation supports.