What is to become of the library in the internet age? As a youth in the 1960's one of my proudest moments was when I was given my first library card, and could check out books on my own. An entire world was opened to me!
Fast forward many, many years and I am now a senior technologist working for a large Fortune 100 company. A major share of my job involves leveraging web resources for collaboration. Two weeks ago while on vacation I had an "a-ha" moment. You see, I learned how a small town in England chose to use their dying symbol of a prior age ... an English phone box (a phone booth for we colonials) . Understand that like many people, my wife and I no longer have a "land line". Our connection to the world is via our smartphones. Phone booths, and hopefully not libraries, are the dinosaurs of the information age.
In Timsbury ... near Bath, England ... I met a true "smartphone", or should I say smart "phone box"! Take a look at their new public library. You can visit the world via their phone booth; just don't try and make a phone call!
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