|“We’re very ‘Green’ here.
The library’s e-book collection is actually powered
by incinerating all those books behind you.”
I look around my desk at work and I tick off all the technology I have in front of me.
- Desktop PC w/side-by-side monitors … check
- smart phone … check
- iPad … check
- e-book reader … check
- laptop in travel bag … check
- scanner … check
- teleconferencing camera w/built in mic and speakers … check
- multi-line telephone system with headset and hands-free capability … check
If access to technology were a tax bracket, I’d definitely be in that upper 2% range.
#ebooksummit — Nice quote from Eli Neiberger: “Libraries are screwed”
1. “It’s not for the adults … we’re making this transition for the children who love e-books.”2. “Yes, only 1/5th will buy e-readers … the rest will read the books on their smart phones.”
There is a saying that we use around here (generally when our Internet connection goes down, or the teleconference software stops in the middle of a presentation): “Technology Is Great … When It Works!” It is important to know that library collections are only “great” when the consumer that uses the library can actually use it. I hope that public libraries don’t loose sight of this in their attempt to transition to electronic collections.