Libraries open minds. However, I’m not sure anyone but science fiction novelists would have imagined that books and other material would be available virtually on a global scale. While some are still mourning the loss of card catalogs to locate items, thinking that access to information does not extend past their local library, the younger generations and a new breed of librarians (known as Cybrarians) are shattering the image of dusty old books protected by shusshing, finger waving librarians.
This is the age of checking out the downloads. For example, for $8.95 a year, you can become a member of the World Public Library (though they do have a free Give-Away page!). What is it?
The World Public Library shelves more than 750,000+ PDF eBooks in 100+ languages. The World Public Library Association contains 125 of the finest eBook and eDocument collections published on the Internet today. The mission of the World Public Library’s Acquisition Department is to add new eBooks 24/7 to our shelves. With the World eBook Library, you never have to worry about a book being unavailable or “checked out.” All of our materials and resources are available to all 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Or did you know that the Library of Congress has Digital InterLibrary Loan? Scanned documents from the library which are too fragile to photocopy and lend have been scanned and made available for free. What to read a first hand account of the Revolutionary War by Major John Burnham? You can! Maybe you just want to know what the future holds. Why not take a look at “The Unerring Fortune Teller: containing the celebrated Oracle of Human Destiny” by Madame Le Normand? But maybe you need more – how about the World Digital Library!
The World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together on a single website rare and unique documents – books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings – that tell the story of the world’s cultures.
We live in an exciting era – as confusing, overwhelming and lightening fast as it seems! With a few clicks of a mouse and keyboard the world is literally at our fingertips! But you need not go cross eyed trying to find information. Even in this age of technology, you need not fear – Your Cybrarians are Here!