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Florida Matters: Libraries In The 21st Century

May 2, 2017

There was a time when the only place to get a book was to buy it from a store or borrow it from a library. 

Now in two clicks we can read it on an iPad. What’s the future role of libraries in today’s digital landscape?

This week on Florida Matters we're talking to people who work in libraries about what might be in store for the future.

Our guests include:

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Todd Chavez, Dean of Libraries for the University of South Florida.

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Ava Edhe, Services Manager for Manatee County Public Libraries. Edhe was recently named 2017 Librarian of the Year by the Florida Library Association.

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Mark Y. Herring, Dean of Library Services for Winthrop University and author of the book “Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age”









We’ll also take a brief look into the past.

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie made a fortune in the steel industry and then gave it away to charity, including building a public library system throughout the country. From 1886-1919, Carnegie’s donations paid for 1,679 libraries, including 10 in Florida. Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham recently took a tour of a library in Palmetto, one of six Carnegie libraries still operating in the state.