North Carolina Libraries, Vol 62, No 1 (2004)

Counterpoint: If Libraries Don't Change, They Won't Be the Place to Get the Books

David G. Fergusson

Abstract


Having read Tom Moore’s article, I feel torn. First, I agree with a lot of
what he says, so I am naturally questioning myself. Moore has been
tossing his ideas around North Carolina for a generation, loving the controversy he has caused, and when we roll over and publicly agree with him without a whimper, I think he subconsciously finds it upsetting. So I won’t go that far. I agree with him about his central assertion as to the permanence of the book: if the book ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But I generally believe that we are in an excellent position to influence the future for libraries so that they will stay in the forefront of American culture.

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