In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.
Table of Contents
Crisis: A perfect storm --
Customers: How we use libraries --
Spaces: The connection between the virtual and the physical --
Platforms: What cloud computing means for libraries --
Hacking libraries: How to build the future --
Networks: The human network of librarians --
Preservation: Collaboration, not competition, to preserve culture --
Education: Libraries and connected learners --
Law: Why copyright and privacy matter so much --
Conclusion: What's at stake.