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BiblioTech

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

By (author) John Palfrey

Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.

In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.

Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
John Palfrey is Head of School at Phillips Andover Academy. He is a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has published extensively on the Internet's relationship to Intellectual Property, international governance, and democracy. He chairs the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, made up of leading Internet service companies and nonprofit groups focused on children's safety. He is a regular commentator on network news programs, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and BBC.

Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has written and edited several books and has published over 100 articles in books, law reviews, and professional journals. He's also an advisor to international technology companies on information law matters.

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