St. Helena: Everything changes with technology in our libraries

from the St. Helena Star

“The Internet has however had a huge impact on what [libraries] do and how [they] do it. Literacy, a library cornerstone, has expanded to include digital and information literacy, computer and media literacy, and cultural literacy. In short, libraries have always been in the business of supporting people, and we still do, just with different tools. So when I introduce myself as a librarian and am asked the inevitable, ‘Why do we need libraries when we have Google/Wikipedia/Amazon?’, I smile graciously, take a sip out of the wine glass I am hopefully holding, and casually mention that across the state of California more than a million people visit a library every day.”