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Florida Matters Preview: Libraries In The 21st Century

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These days it seems like we get most of our information from computers and mobile devices. Are libraries becoming obsolete?

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

In this preview, Florida Matters' host Robin Sussingham talks with Todd Chavez, Dean of Libraries for the University of South Florida and Mark Y. Herring, Dean of Library Services at Winthrop University and author of the book "Are Libraries Obsolete?" They discuss how digital versions of literature, textbooks and even "board books" for young children impact reading.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.