Folk wisdom says the Web is killing books, but a leading librarian and Internet-advocate has the facts: “Since the advent of the Internet, book circulation and use of libraries has gone up at least 50 to 60%. It’s fantastic. People come in, they use our books, they use our Internet connection.” Irene McDermott should know; she gains insights about the Web and the world of publishing from daily frontline experience as a reference librarian for the San Marino, CA public library. She’s also author of The Librarian’s Internet Survival Guide from Information Today.
Recorded at the 2008 BookExpo America, this special “Beyond the Book” program featured panelists from publishing, academia, and the library community who explored how social networking, online programming, and related technology are poised to become saviors of printed word.