Wednesday, February 14, 2018

An Ode To Library San Diego Public Institutions

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By Scott Mitchell

I can't even list all of the different activities we saw going on at the archive. We visited the map room, the reading rooms, the microfiche room, and the children's section. Have a look at the following article taking us through the theme Reflections on the public Library San Diego.

Yes, it is true, many countries now have their version of online libraries and book sharing campaigns, like the UK, USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, India, Philippines and many more. The concept of sharing and borrowing books via the internet has been around for years and only recently has been modified and made better by the establishment of private and public bookstores that rent their books out for readers.

What does it mean to honor libraries? I don't need to reinvent the wheel here; there are quotes carved into the wall all over the archive. To honor libraries is to accept democracy. It is to honor the equality of citizens-to respect and indeed create a meritocracy. It is to acknowledge the role of knowledge in society. It is to accept human potential.

This archive is a demonstration that New York City honors these ideals, however imperfect we may be in fully realizing them. Although its architecture is very classic, when the New York Public Archive was built, it was a model of innovation. The system of book retrieval is an illustrative example. Being a research archive, many of the NYPL's books are not in continuous demand.

We've experimented with different models of garnering funds from the community, and nothing has taken hold quite yet. Maria had a lot of questions for our great tour guide about this aspect of things-especially about how the trustees work. Of course, people have their interests for being on a archive board, but overall, supporting libraries is firmly in the sphere of civic duty.

Learning is for everyone, and we all have the right to get educated. Quality and updated books and references should be made accessible to people from all walks of life. Online libraries are bringing about this democratization by making it more convenient for people to access books and references. College students can now quickly search for specific textbooks and are given the option to rent them. Now, the question of whether online libraries can replace traditional libraries has been brought up by debating parties on opposite sides.

Of course, the NYPL has not abandoned the book. But this story does give rise to an interesting problem that libraries face. Although the archive is a public institution, people's relationship with it is intensely personal. The archive is thus in a tricky place, it has to both continually innovate to be at the cutting edge, but it is also the vanguard of our shared culture, which can spill over into nostalgia.

It is not likely that any government will spend thrice as much on buying new books when they can encourage book sharing. Online libraries should not pose a threat to good old-fashioned libraries but must be taken as they are- an ingenious and practical way to read and learn. If the campaign for creating more online libraries and book sharing should prove useful, then we can still expect traditional libraries to be around, aided with this smart solution called online libraries.

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