Hello fair readers!
Over there in the wide world of Facebook, a pretty grand discussion about the influence of technology in libraries has been going. It was suggested that we move it over to a more user-friendly format that doesn’t restritct you in terms of how long you can rant!
Yes, I mean you Facebook.
So here is a little background info and then you are more than welcome to go at it in the comments.
I placed a link to this article:
An opinion piece written for Library Journal in 2007 about the melding of library services with technology. It sparked a wonderful conversation/debate on the role of libraries. I referred to it as “A disturbing article by the guy who wrote a particularly nasty letter to the ed. about my article. He is obviously not a fan of technology…or even delivery of materials at home for seniors…which is a bizarre thing to be against. I think he needs to head back to library school and refresh himself on the ALA Code of Ethics.”
But there are really good arguments on both sides. Most put a little more eloquently than mine. One commenter has noted:
“ i think technophiles and free-market drones are causing restructuring where educators and librarians would do better. and i think too in a wider sense, the issue is ‘should markets be the core of society, market aesthetics or logic?’”
And then it spread into videogames and literacy and beyond. One commenter noting:
“Regarding the Wii issue, I just don’t think it’s the job of a librarian to decide that kids shouldn’t be allowed to play video games. I’m not a politician, or a clergyman, or any other role involved in imposing rules on society.”
So do you have anything you would like to add to this debate? Do you think that technology in the library is about more than just the spread of information? I welcome this debate onto La de da and as I’m sure we all know, keep it friendly folks.