Speaking of Library Renewal, I admire the effort that they’ve made to market their organization but I think their goals are misguided. They’ve chosen to define libraries by something libraries are no longer good at:
Libraries either figure out new ways to be major players in a world where electronic content accounts for 85%–95% of content access (reading, research, music, and multimedia) or we become antiquated institutions that our local communities are less and less willing to support. [via]
Libraries don’t have flight this battle. Why should we attempt to replicate traditional lending libraries with new formats when we can look to the future and become more meaningful by helping solve our communities problems? There are some smart folks associated with Library Renewal and I wish their efforts were going not towards keeping libraries tied to an old way of operating, but rather creating something new.
Are you ready to let go of the past so that libraries can move forward?