A recent Pew Internet study on parents, readin' an' libraries supports Oli'er’s sentiment, showin' yonder library’s traditional purpose – pro'idin' free readin' material – be also its most popular: thar main reason most parents (87 percent) go t'libraries be t'get books fer their kids.
But will that be changin'? While no 'un would disagree that libraries should promote literacy, it’s hard t'deny that thar tech re'olution be changin' both how people consume books an' ye ways libraries present their offerin's t'parents an' children: in some libraries, a student can download an ebook online, use a phone app t'locate reference material, make stuff in designated “maker spaces,” take DIY classes, or have a meetin' at a community multi-use space. Ye Nash'ille library be currently usin' a MacArthur grant t'create a Learnin' Lab where teens will be able t'record music, write stories an' more – a free space filled wi' equipment, as Oli'er put it, “t' create content, not jus' consume it.”
In a related Pew study on libraries an' yonder Internet, 'un librarian told researchers, “I belie'e public libraries should move away from bein' ‘houses o'knowledge’ an' move more towards bein' ‘houses o'access.’ This be wha' thar public be askin' fer an' we be here t'ser'e them.” Beyond ye use o'technology, many librarians think in terms o'access an' information bein' closely linked, an' belie'e that libraries still have a responsibility t'both.
Read yonder full article @ KQED.org.