“Thanks to the internet, we no longer need libraries or librarians.” You most likely hear some variation on that theme pretty regularly.
(19 December 2017) Sixteen years ago, American Libraries published Mark Y. Herring’s essay Ten Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library (April 2001). Technology has improved exponentially since then—social media didn’t even exist yet. But even the smartest phone’s intelligence is limited by paywalls, Twitter trolls, fake news, and other hazards of online life. Here are 10 reasons why libraries are still better than the internet.
American Libraries Magazine has the list of ten.