I get this question all the time! When people find out that I’m getting my Masters in Library Science, that’s usually the first question I’m asked. Before I didn’t really have an absolute answer and now it’s becoming a little less fuzzy and I’ve mentioned before about having an elevator speech for the “what do Librarians do?” and the “what do you study?” questions and I really need to come up with a speech for this question as well. Or do I? I might just prepare a summary of this article on Americanlibrariesmagazine.org to use!
Why won’t books become obsolete?
Because a library can purchase the license for an ebook and all is fine and dandy until said publisher decides to raise their prices 104% and then your neighborhood or school library can’t afford that ebook and it no longer holds that license. Then what? That ebook is no longer available. And? You can’t read that book. If you purchase the physical book. It belongs to the library as long as that book shall live.
Read a fantastic quote recently:
Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. -- Stephen Fry