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“The Citadel and the Open Space”

May 29, 2008

I listen to Dr. Albert Mohler on the radio nearly every day on the way home from work. I enjoy his perspective on how culture intersects with Christianity and in his blog today, he discusses the future of libraries in post titled “The Citadel and the Open Space — Will the Library Survive in the Internet Age?” In his post, Dr. Mohler cites an upcoming article by Robert Darnton in an upcoming edition of The New York Review of Books. Most of what’s discussed is familiar ground and touches on Google and digitization of books and other topics. It’s clear though that Dr. Mohler is a fan of the printed book, and the physical library space:

The future will be digital (or whatever replaces digital media), but the future will also need the library. The library will remain as a citadel, where books need no batteries and reading requires no Bluetooth or wireless technology. The spirit of scholarship will always be most at home among books, and the soul committed to learning will always find nourishment in the library.

If you’re interested, you can read Dr. Mohler’s post here.

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