A Place for Place: The Virtual Library in a Non-Virtual World

Ten Questions

  1. What is your definition of a library?

  2. Should the library be a community center? This includes the academic library as the center of the campus. How does physical space impact on the library as a community center? Can some services be better provided via the Internet?

  3. What is the relevance of the libraries in an age of super-bookstores, online book dealers, cyber cafes, copy services, interactive museums, etc.?

  4. Who uses the virtual library? Who uses the physical library? How does the library (virtual or physical) serve special needs or groups?

  5. Examples are: immigrants, disabled, and seniors, non-readers (both those Who don't read and those who can't). Can one type of library (virtual or Physical) better serve any of these groups?

  6. How does the virtual library or the physical library address the needs of those who do not have computers, or do not know how to use them?

  7. What does the virtual library do that a physical library cannot? What does the physical library do that a virtual library cannot?

  8. How important are human interactions in society? Does a live person in a physical setting add to the value of library interactions?

  9. Who would miss your library the most if you closed your doors?

  10. What will the future library and library user be like?