A recent post from the Telegraph, offers director of the British Library, Roly Keating’s take on the continuing value of libraries. Addressing naysayers who question the viability of libraries in the digital age, Mr. Keating has the audacity to think that Libraries could outlast the internet and prove the most “powerful and resiliant network yet”.
The article written by Arts Correspondent, Hannah Furness, reports on comments made by Mr. Keating at the Hay Festival. In discussing his team’s plans for the next few years, he noted that “libraries held a vital place in communities, and were increasingly important in terms of authentic information in the digital age… Mr Keating continued extolling libraries pointing out that “they stand for a certain freedom, and privacy of thought and search and expression,” he said of libraries. “They stand for private study in a social space… they are safe, they’re places of sanctuary and play a vital role in some of the poorest communities. And they are trusted.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.