Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Libraries, Makerspaces, and Cory Doctorow

Follow this link to a great post at the Raincoast Books Blog by author Cory Doctorow defending libraries and offering some really exciting suggestions for the future of libraries as makerspaces.  I especially liked this:

"That is to say that society has never needed its librarians, and its libraries, more. The major life-skill of the information age is information literacy, and no one's better at that than librarians. It's what they train for. It's what they live for."

and this:

"Damn right libraries shouldn't be book-lined Internet cafes. They should be book-lined, computer-filled information-dojos where communities come together to teach each other black-belt information literacy, where initiates work alongside noviates to show them how to master the tools of the networked age from the bare metal up."

Doctorow makes a great argument for libraries to create makerspaces and help people bridge the digital divide.

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