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Imagine, it’s not hard to do, a world where knowledge and information is off the shelves and available online at any hour in any community.
Where a stack is never closed to an open mind. Where the only access requirement is an e-reader, computer or smart phone. Where you don’t need an address for a library card, but only the address of a library catalogue, Community Books or Google.
A knowledge rich world, where sharing is more important than ownership.
Let the good incendiaries with charred fingers come! Here they are! Heap up the fire to the shelves of the libraries!
As librarians, we can realise the possibilities of a connected and open world. We can (metaphorically) burn the shelves and set the books free.
And in doing so achieve Goal 1f of the IFLA Strategic Plan 2010-2015:
encourage the library and information sector to work with partners and users to maximise the potential of digital technology to deliver services that enable seamless and open access by users to cultural and information resources