Notes on a Lecture
Here are my notes from the Robert Darnton lecture on the future of libraries in a digital age. The lecture was structured around a quote from Thomas Jefferson (1813):
“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lites his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
My notes are in point-form and it’s a rather lengthy list, so I’ll put them behind a jump. If you’d like more information, the webcast of the lecture is here, and this is a related article by Professor Darnton, from the New York Review of Books.
I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Prof. Darnton’s lecture “Books, Libraries & the Digital Future” today. If you can’t make it, there’s also a live video feed.
True librarians can walk into an empty room, and suddenly it becomes a library. They can embed themselves into project teams or classrooms, and suddenly their chosen communities perform more efficiently, more effectively. People who cannot be this sort of ever-learning, ever-sharing, always-on go-getter can still find roles that change lives–but they aren’t the people…I’m referring to when I talk about New Librarians.