Just got the email that Borders is going to liquidate. You all have two months to come in and ask me for a planner that you remember us selling four years ago that has three days on one side and two on the other or for that monograph by the Japanese artist whose name you can’t remember who painted calm scenes.
as a librarian i endorse this realness for libraries
not to break away from just being this party dude, but a reality for all of us who enjoy books it that book stores are dying. borders will soon be…
I gotta disagree with this. I think that you might not be giving enough credit to the really sizeable population of people who are actually attached to physical books and bookstores. I honestly believe that after we go away, independents are going to be able to survive and be successful.
And libraries are sort of this different game all together because their purpose has changed so much within the past decade, especially in urban and rural areas. It’s a little harder to see in suburban branches, but especially libraries like the Enoch Pratt in Baltimore have turned into community centers and places that provide access to technology. They’ve got a long way to go, and they need to market themselves better, but they’re kind of these permanent cultural institutions.
This is coming from a girl who’ll be spending the next two years of her life learning about increasing people’s access to information and technology through libraries and museums, so maybe take this with a grain of salt.