Now that we’ve just spent the last post trudging through the history of librarianship and comparing that to the present, I’d like to take this time to discuss the present in relation to the future of librarianship.
This wonderful Ted Talk features Andrew Roskill, an entrepreneur, not a librarian, who plugs what he believes are the steps that public libraries need to take to overcome the Digital Divide. He argues that libraries can bridge the gap between the economic and digital world. I was most interested in his discussion about the lack of ease and elegance present in some libraries’ sites. He demonstrates how links from one library’s site can launch a user into dozens of third party sites that cater towards different user experiences, and therefore offer no symbiosis. I’ve personally experienced this frustration, and can only imagine how much more frustrating it would be for a patron who is not as comfortable with navigating the internet as I am. Andrew offers some interesting insights, and I encourage you to watch.