account, look up books and other library material, search catalogs of
other libraries, reserve books, and access databases on just about any
subject you can think of. Don't forget to check out the list
of library events. There is always something exciting at the library
for all ages.
free to look
around and browse to your heart's content. After all, that is what the
library is for.
Librarians Totally Obsolete? Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians Are
Still Extremely Important
Many predict that the digital age will wipe
public bookshelves clean, and permanently end the centuries-old era of
libraries. As libraries' relevance comes into question, librarians face
an existential crisis at a time when students need them the most.
Despite their perceived obsolescence in the digital age, both libraries
and librarians are irreplaceable for many reasons - nearly twenty
reasons, in fact.
Reasons Number 1 to 3:
1. Not Everything is Available on the Internet: The amazing amount of
useful information on the web has, for some, engendered the false
assumption everything can be found online. It's simply not true. Google
Books recognizes this. That's why they take on the monolith task
of digitizing millions of books from the world's largest libraries. But
even if Google does successfully digitize the sum of human knowledge,
it is unlikely that the sum of contemporary authors and publishers will
not allow their works to be freely accessible over the internet. It is
already prohibited by law to make copyrighted books fully accessible
through Google Book search.
2. Digital Libraries are not the Internet: A fundamental understanding
of what the internet is and isn't can help clearly define the role of a
library, and why libraries are still extremely important. Online
library collections, however, are different. They typically include
materials that have been published via rigorous editorial processes and
are riddled with quantitative analysis, instead of opinion. Types of
materials include books, journals, documents, newspapers, magazines and
reports which are digitized, stored and indexed through a
limited-access database. While one might use the internet or a search
engine to find these databases, deeper access to them requires
registration. You are still online, but you are no longer on the
internet. You are in a library.
3. The Internet isn't Free: Numerous academic research papers,
journals, and other important materials are virtually inaccessible to
someone seeking to pull them off the web for free. Rather, access is
restricted to expensive subscription accounts, which are typically paid
for by college libraries. Visiting a college library in person or
logging in to the library through your school account, is therefore the
only way to affordably access necessary archived resources.