Next Sunday, I am the keynote speak at the California Association of Libarians conference. They want me to talk about how social media can help libraries.
What do you think I should tell them? If I use you idea, I will cite you. I will even award you an honorary Dewey Decimal Number.
I have already received some great ideas from Ivan Chew, the Rambling Librarian of Singapore and an American who has asked me not to identify him despite his generosity to me. I have done my hoemwork and of course I've read David Weinberger's superb "Everything is Miscellaneous, but I find myself stuck in the solution.
We need public supported places where the conversations can be held. We need places that guarantee everyone has access. We need to encourage literacy and the joy of exploration through reading.
But what happens to the library as we move forward five or 10 or 20 years, when books can be dowmloaded into digital reading devices and people can simply pay or through Google obtain many of the world's greatest books, or movies or digital representations of art.
Is there still a place for for these brick and mortar facilities? What do you think? What is the future of the American library as you know it?