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Are Libraries Obsolete? An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age Paperback – January 3, 2014

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"Vital." --Library Journal

"In a book that is both alarmingly provocative and maddeningly candid in its appraisal of libraries and their place in an increasingly digital world, Mark Herring asks questions that few librarians are honest enough to ask...an even-handed and comprehensive evaluation...a first-rate book that takes on some really tough questions...his clear-headed sense and insightful analysis of the current library malaise, the manifold challenges facing librarians, and his articulation in particular of the specter of a potentially all-digital world are superb, and I suspect without peer. Persuasive, engagingly-written, and provocative...outstanding. It may well prove one of the best library and information science books of the year." --Against the Grain

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Mark Y. Herring is the dean of library services at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. His work has appeared in American Libraries and Library Journal and many other publications.
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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786473568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786473564
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Herring makes some convincing claims in "Are Libraries Obsolete ?", that libraries are needed, because the services they provided are complementary to the resources available on the World WIde Web. In other words, given the current state of the Internet, it is essential to preserve access to library services and collections.

Herring is an academic librarian, so his rationale for continuing to operate academic libraries is disturbing. They are needed to provide students with a quiet and convenient location for students to study and collaborate offline. If that is his best argument, then academic librarians are in serious trouble. It begs the question of why it is important to hire librarians with masters degrees, let alone Ph. Ds to staff academic libraries. A handful of paraprofessionals and security guards should be perfectly adequate to provide library access to students in the scenario he envisions.
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By New Life Library on December 1, 2014
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This is a great book and is a "must read" for any librarian. I highly recommend it.
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