E-books, virtual learning spaces, etc. ARE in the future, there is no doubt about that, and I’m looking forward to what happens next. I plan on going to school with these issues at the forefront of my research. But would you have trashed your home phone & phone numbers and invested in an $3,000 iPhone that few people could call you on in 2000? I feel like that’s the situation here.
Side note: The constant reference to books as sensual objects that people apparently cling to? Is anything you touch with your hands a sensual object? I feel like books can be characterized as more of a blankie than anything else.
Many libraries that are facing budgets cuts have shaved back business hours as well as staff for an extended period of time (read: unknown length of time). This saves money but I think at the same time has much more of an impact on the community for a longer period, and can create confusion or accessibility issues.