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Libraries could outlast the internet … IF …

This article is making the social media rounds so many of you have no doubt seen it — Libraries could outlast the internet, head of British Library says – Telegraph. While I completely agree with Mr Keating, the director of the British Library, he only defined libraries in terms of vagaries like “trust” and “traditional values” and “privacy.” All good terms to be sure, but what was left unsaid — and what I think is most important about libraries and which leads to trust, privacy and sanctuary — is that they’ll outlast the internet … ONLY IF libraries stick to the values that got them this far: collecting, describing, giving access to and preserving information in all its forms.

Stop worrying about whether libraries will survive the digital age, the head of the British Library has said, as he argues that they could outlast the internet.

Roly Keating, director of the British Library, said he was shocked at how many “smart people” still questioned whether libraries were still viable in the modern age.

Saying the institution had countless values worth defending, including trust, he argued that libraries could prove the most “powerful and resiliant network yet”.

“These values predated the internet,” he said. “And if we get it right may yet outlast it.”

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