This article in the Christian Science Monitor describes ubiquitous nature of information and the changing role of the library. Though I have long thought of libraries as “Third Places,” as they provide anchors for community building, at the same time the move toward digital opens up new ways to look at their purpose and mission.
For example, the article notes with a diminished need for physical books, new possibilities emerge to transform spaces. By way of example, I recently visited the Seattle Central Library, which has long been on my bucket list as perhaps the most innovative library in the country. Here are some pictures I took while there.