BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Book review by Deane Barker
tags: books, libraries
2015
John Palfrey
288
6/10

This book is a vague manifesto for change. The author is a lawyer that was appointed to some commission to study libraries, and this book feels like the result of his research. He’s essentially pushing for libraries to de-emphasize physical collections, and emphasize the role of librarians and curators and information brokers. There’s another theme of collaboration – libraries need to work together to become a network to serve end customers.

I love libraries and books, but the book was weirdly tedious. It seemed drawn out to me, like each chapter could have been one-quarter the size it was.

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