Can we replace libraries with Internet?
Internet may have replaced many things in our life yet, the importance of libraries is still intact. The biggest reason is that the information we
Internet may have replaced many things in our life yet, the importance of libraries is still intact. The biggest reason is that the information we see on internet is not as reliable as a book by a renowned author. We may have lost the value of books in East but in American and Europe people still love reading books.
Almost ninety percent of Americans suggest that library is vital part of a community. However, as governments are investing more in information technology, the funds allocated to public libraries are decreasing drastically even in developed nations. John Palfrey, the author of “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google” gives some annoying statistics about the US states on cutting funding of libraries by 38 percent despite the fact that public libraries serve 298 million Americans across the country.
Palfreywonders why a public service with such outstanding public reach is being penalizedin spite of its success. To him, the reasons are tough economic situation as well as the nostalgia that book-lovers attach to a bygone era of. With enormous bulk of data being produced by humans, most of the information is only 2 years old and access to this data suffers due to the stark inequality that prevails our societies.
For people who cannot afford internet or smart devices, public libraries are a haven where they can find all the relevant information. And as the libraries have updated themselves to meet the changing needs of new times, latest information is also available. Less funds would result in less facilities at libraries, although they still have the advantage of preserving age-old books that one can hardly find on the internet. And that exactly is the edge that libraries have over the information of the internet.