Changes in Time

 

 

Some time ago it was announced that several libraries in the Denver area will be closed due to a reduction in budget because of the actual economy.

My first thought was about the lost of knowledge opportunities for the younger generations. If libraries are closed then the preservation of knowledge would be reduced.

Then just the other day, while riding with the scooter club, and after stopping outside a library to see some sculptures, I overheard one of the younger members, a fellow in his 20’s, mention that he has never been in a library.

My first thought was that he was joking and I even laughed, but then he went on to explain that every time he needed information of any kind he just surfed the net and checked the almost unlimited list of websites that would provide the information he needed.

That situation made me realize that the times have changed so much that what I used to think about the importance of the continued existence of libraries as a way to preserve knowledge might not be any more, instead, the whole system we were used to could be transformed into something that we, the older, do not really understand.

Time changes everything and the way of life we knew is not anymore. Enter the digitalization of the printed word.

So libraries could eventually disappear together with so many other things that used to be. The whole way of life will be transformed and while we, the older, might scream in horror about the loss and the path to disaster of the young, they will just go on in their new system, leaving behind the past generation as obsolete due to their difficulties to adapt according to the times and technologies that come forward to replace the old ones.

Just a thought.

Raul

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4 Responses to Changes in Time

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    A few years ago our local library was rebuilt. The new one has a lot more computers and study rooms. Lots of local high school students (the school is right across the street) hang out there. I feel like a lot of people are treating it as a place to use computers and study together… or even just a hang out spot.

    In terms of actual storage of knowledge, the net is actually easier to search. However, books are still good for providing linear narratives. Also, it’s good to have a physical medium in some cases as well. Reading a book to a child is simply different from reading off a computer screen.

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Most definitely the net give instant access to more information than what can be reached by using books; it is a good thing to have the internet and computers, but as you mention, there are some reasons why books have their own and for which cannot be replaced by computers.

    It seems we should keep both!

    Raul
    .-= Raul Ojeda´s last blog ..Changes in Time =-.

  2. Your Hermana says:

    And let’s not forget…Our Libraries are a great place for homeless people -at least here in Las Vegas- So when all our technology fails, and we are at the edge of doomsday because most people do not understand the dewey decimal system and forgot how to do research from actual books…An army or well read, educated, but poorly dressed warriors will rescue and restore humanity.

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Then “Fahrenheit 451″ will be book with the highest demand!

    “Those few who rejected the new ways and remained under the traditions of the old shall be the ones to shepherd the lost to the new lands of knowledge” Alien Ghost, psalm 001.

    Raul
    .-= Raul Ojeda´s last blog ..About Love And Castles =-.

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