Tuesday 16 January 2018

Helen Shenton: Digital age's deluge of data spells new chapter for libraries

Helen Shenton
Helen Shenton

Helen Shenton

What is a library? It is a question that has become increasingly insistent as technology challenges many traditional library assumptions.

Some things are pretty clear already. The digital shift is happening and this has led to a shift in how libraries are being used. They are no longer solely a place for silence, rather, often for collaboration.

The boundaries are blurring between your local library and a 24-hour bookstore in Taiwan, a pop-up learning space in Cork, a data visualisation lab in North Carolina and a coffee shop in a start-up space in Manhattan.

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