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Every librarian has heard those dreadful words: “Libraries are dying” or “What’s the point of a library? Everything is online.”
Well, guess what? I am a librarian. I see the value of a library in our world of emerging technology:
As I work at the circulation desk assisting patrons, I welcome one of our regular patrons. She is a well-known face, and for the last 30 years has been checking out books – the good old fashioned kind made of paper. This nonagenarian* has also ventured into the audiobook realm.
Tonight, though, she is braving something new. She sits down with our tech tutor to learn about her new tablet, a gift from her granddaughter. She claims she is helpless and will have to set up a standing tech help session. But guess what? She’s coming back and she wants to learn. This isn’t helplessness; this is determination and the love of learning.
There’s an echo of laughter as she embraces the intricacies of her device. I hear the joy in her voice when she discovers that, even though these devices are new, she can figure them out. Thanks to a “dying” library, she is on her way to being tech-savvy.
*nonagenarian (n) - A person between ninety and ninety-nine years (inclusive); a person aged ninety.
Courtesy of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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