Friday, April 15, 2011

Out of print? Town considers bookless library - Books - Book News - TODAY.com

In response to technological trends and their own research on patron habits, the Newport Beach Public Library is considering a plan to strip its main branch of all physical materials, and instead, create a sort of community center, free from "fear of being shushed by a stern librarian." But now, the plan appears to be rebuffed by the City of Newport. Still, the key to this whole discussion of moving to close libraries in order to save money is the impact these decisions have on individuals and communities. British author Phillip Pullman, discussing the closing of 350 libraries in England said this trend 
“will gradually make us a less informed, less intelligent, less aware, less useful, less imaginative, less kindly people than we might have been."

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