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From Lending to Learning by Rónán O'Beirne

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Technology for learning and citizenship

There is a tendency within the library profession to look at various technologies as they emerge and explore their use in public libraries. More often than not there is a certain amount of shoehorning of technology into a library context simply to provide an excuse to use the technology. While many public libraries could indeed benefit from an injection of technology, it is important not to lose sight of the wider purpose of the library. A recent example was an enquiry on one of the public library mailing lists about the introduction of Blu-Ray video disks into a public library. While here is not the place to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of particular technologies, it does seem to me that ...

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