In the latest Books and Culture, Nathan Bierma has written a paean to the American Public Library, Future Bound. Among his comments:
The sales pitch for libraries in the age of Amazon.com and Google is twofold:
technology may provide information, but libraries provide people and they
provide places. The first message is, don't give up on the value of the
Hey, I'm all for the reference librarian part, but I've been around long enough to know how valuable the unseen areas of the library are as well.
Most of the article is about the New Seattle Public Library. He says:
The building makes a bold statement that libraries can be dynamic public places
Great set of footnotes at the end for other articles about the state of public libraries.