Libraries in the digital Age

Last Friday I spoke at the Festival Politics on the  Libraries in the digital Age. There was a very lively discussion and huge interest in the topic from the audience.New technology

The event was organised ty the Carnegie Trust who are taking a welcome lead in looking closely at national library strategy and the impact of  digital developments.

Max Whitby of Touch Press showed some fabulous work and talked about books as “defining inventions of the civilisation—and how today they are poised for a revolution.”

Touch Press’s  aim is to create a new kind of book that makes use of emerging technology to redefine the book, reinvent publishing, and forever transform the act of reading.

Martyn Wade of the National Library of Scotland talked about a National strategy for libraries and said  ‘We hold millions of historic documents dating back centuries and it has been frustrating that we have had no ability to save electronic information from just a few years ago. Knowledge about our past is vital in shaping our future and action is needed to stop important electronic information disappearing down this digital black hole.’

So thanks to the CarnegieTrust for raising issues here.