Similar to the Post Office, the use of the public library will become a thing of the past. The library is no longer the only place for research, periodic, books or a meeting place. The information age has produced the internet and from that historical introduction there are flurry of technical inventions that have since negated the “trip to the library”
Research can now be done via the “world-wide web”, periodic and books can be downloaded or uploaded, depending on your technical deposition, to Kindles and Ipads. Consequently, “let’s meet” does not necessary preclude “in the library”, for group assignments or social hook ups.
With laptops, Kindle or Ipads in hand students, friends and researchers can meet in cafes or outdoors as they access these online library resources.
• Wiley Online Library : http://onlinelibrary.wile.com
“The world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, over 11,500 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.”
• Questia: http://www.questia.com/
This online library “offers quality sources selected by librarians and approved by professors, many of them peer-reviewed! Our library contains high-quality scholarly books, journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles. With more than 70,000 academic books and more than 6 million articles from hundreds of the world’s leading publishers, Questia is your single destination for academic and professional research – and nothing is ever checked out”.
• IPl2: http://www.ipl.org
This online library “is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day”.
The need to walk into a library is slowly dissipating with innovative technology. These changes in technology is acknowledged by all educators, administrators and CEOs since presently public and private libraries have online options. So, if you have no desire to go to the library. Visit the internet instead.