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From educator and technology expert John Palfrey comes his work on the continued importance of libraries in the digital age.

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Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.

In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.

Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.

"[T]his is an excellent reading of a timely book." ---AudioFile

"A significant wake-up call to increase citizens' access to knowledge and culture, which requires both public awareness and financial support." ---Kirkus

"[T]his work should be required reading for librarians, particularly those who are looking to lead their libraries into the future." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Palfrey's book serves as a strong reminder that readers and librarians alike have a stake in the future of libraries." ---Publishers Weekly

"Tom Zingarelli's capable narration keeps listeners engaged." ---Library Journal Audio Reivew
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Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Author John Palfrey

Narrated by Tom Zingarelli

Publication date Jun 25, 2015

Running time 6 hrs

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