“E-Readers Grow; Libraries Can’t Get Many Titles”

Posted on March 18, 2012 by


From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“If we’re not allowed to have access to or even allowed the ability to purchase that broad array of titles, what does that mean for the longevity of the library?” asked Trent Garcia, electronic resources librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. “What is our role if we don’t have access to that content?”

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“If the companies persist, the library will no longer be a preserver of the cultural record or a provider of community services that assist people who don’t have the money to go out and buy this content,” said Sarah Houghton, the interim director at the San Rafael Public Library who has drawn attention to these issues on her Librarian in Black blog. “We bridge the digital divide and the content divide.”

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