ALA Midwinter 2013

Our Future Includes Ebooks #alamw13

I’m in the Leadership and ALSC meeting right now, and Sue Polanka (@noshelfrequired) is giving a talk called “Ebooks, Children and Digital Issues.” My biggest takeaway from this talk is a single quote:

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.” -William Gibson

I really think that sums up so much of what we need to think about when we talk about ebooks and apps in libraries. People are already using them, and those without access are getting the short end of the stick. Libraries are about access, and we need to step up to provide ALL TYPES OF ACCESS. Yes, we need to be discerning in choosing what technology we purchase (but we don’t buy every book; how is digital content different?). Yes, we need to help mediate use of technology. Yes, not all of our customers will use it or agree with its presence. But to really serve the public, it’s something we need to do. Especially, I think when it comes to children, whose entire existence will always have a technology component.


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