The library is not a collection of books: Charlie Bennett at TEDxTelfairStreet





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Published on Mar 1, 2014

Libraries have never been about the form of the collection. Libraries are always about being the shoulders of the giants we stand upon; about being the castle where we keep our history and protect our past; about being a safe place for experimentation and exploration; about being an institution to help us learn and produce throughout our lives. Even as librarians become masters at collecting, cataloging, managing, preserving, and storing digital materials, it's important for all of us to remember that libraries were never about the format of the collection.

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