Monday, March 31, 2008
Read and Write Library
Public Broadcasting Network's Idea Lab blog carried a post about how all sorts of libraries around the world are changing. The post by David Sasaki is called the Read and Write Library. David reports that librarians from Chile to Russia are doing more than providing information or answering questions -- they are providing Internet access and teaching library visitors how to capture video stories of their community. He says: "Public libraries are no longer just points of reception; they are transforming into centers of transmission and communication, where local users take advantage of increasingly affordable digital cameras and free online tools to write and share their own local stories." Enzo Abbagliati, the coordinator of Chile's national library network says public libraries can play an important part in promoting the production of local content.