Why libraries still matter in a world of smartphones and what can be done to ensure their survival.
In 2017, the public library is an American institution frequently under threat. The disruptive forces at work are political, fiscal and technological. Technology promises admittance to a virtual library that is polyglot and global in breadth and depth. Yet in Washington, the Trump Administration earlier this year proposed dramatic funding cuts that call into question the federal government’s role in promoting information access for all citizens.
On Sunday at the Miami Book Fair, CCC’s Chris Kenneally moderated a discussion on why libraries still matter in a world of smartphones and what can be done to ensure their survival. Joining him were Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer; Ray Baker, Director, Miami-Dade Public Library; John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary; and Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal.