What is a library anymore, anyway?

  • Michael Keller
  • Vicky Reich
  • Andrew Herkovic


Libraries in the future will undertake local control, especially for long-term preservation and accessibility of digital as well as analog collections. Failure to embrace that role would cause libraries and librarians rapidly to lose relevance and value as Internet and other digital resources develop. Local control of collections is critical both to assure permanence and to provide a key degree of selectivity, which ? contrary to the irrational exuberance of making everything available to everybody ? is vital to providing service to communities of readers. Librarians need new tools, such as the LOCKSS system, to enable both persistence and selection of electronic information.
How to Cite
Keller, M., Reich, V., & Herkovic, A. (2003). What is a library anymore, anyway?. First Monday, 8(5). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v8i5.1053
Sustaining Digital Resources: Web-Wise 2003