Your Library Of The Future (& The Past)


The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently asked its Facebook followers to choose 10 words describing what they think of when they think: Libraries…


Represented below are some “Word Clouds,” i.e. visual depictions displaying word-frequencies

The first five words would be for describing the library of their childhood 



…and the next five words for describing the library of 20 years from now…



…How times have changed!


Read more in The Atlantic Monthly’s Not Your Mother’s Library


“The library as place started out as a repository, and now has become more of a human space, more of a gathering space for people who need information, for people who want to learn.
For curious people, for people with personal needs and professional needs, to try to find the information they need to answer their own questions.

But it’s definitely a social space.”

~ Pam Baker, Reference Librarian,
California State University – Monterey Bay

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