Googlization of Libraries
Last night I went to the Follet Lecture at Dominican. Professor Valauskos started the lecture with a fictional romp into the future where the Harold Washington Library was now the Harold Washington Homes, a housing development. Also the New York Public Library was a museum for the book. (This was in the year 2015) He then sped through a brief history of technology of today into the future. A lot of this was lost on me, I had trouble keeping up and therefore had trouble envisioning any of the future of technologies.
What did catch me was when he was discussing the avatar. How weird to think that instead of dealing with a person at the reference desk we may one day deal with a computerized version of that person while bopping along with our I-LIB (a version of the I-POD with a libraries complete catlogue on it). I just can't picture it, no matter how hard I try. Is it just me being stubborn? Or am I trying to hold on to the idea that people will always need other people? Sure all of what Professor Valauskos talked about sounded neat, maybe even a little interesting. I like that all of these new ideas are bringing us together in new ways, but I don't like that we are even discussing the idea that our libraries need to go away because of it. I'd like to end this with the same hope that Professor Valauskos did when he said, "Google is on our side, " but then I have to go and question why there are even sides at all.