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Repurposing Public Spaces For the Knowledge Economy

The Big Stink Wrote: May 31, 2012 11:47 AM
I've wondered this since the explosion of the knowledge industry. Libraries, as buildings, are obsolete. Any thinking person has a library at their fingertips. Closing a library and consolidating locations will become a political hot potato, though. And, think about all those liberal librarians who will be kicked to the curb of capitalism and forced to actually justify their worth in the economy.
Louie13 Wrote: May 31, 2012 2:51 PM
Yes, Big Stink, the Internet can take the place of libraries today. Google has a project of making a internet library of all the world's books, but they ran into considerable opposition from copyright holders and such. Hopefully, they can get around those problems.
GaryL1 Wrote: May 31, 2012 11:40 PM
Unfortunately, most internet articles are tightly edited, sort of like sound bites, and lack a lot of information that many books have. A lot of times, internet sources just copy other sources. As an example, I learned a lot more about Nikola Tesla in one library book rather than reading several internet sites.

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