Aren't libraries obsolete? Why are you interested in the future of a fading institution?
That’s how most of our classmates viewed libraries; even our advisor at IDEO thought that they were still just a place to borrow books and get shushed by snarky librarians.
The common perception of the library couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, most libraries are reducing their traditional book offerings and taking on a new role: one that is highly responsive to the needs of its community, whether that means providing VR & 3D printing, bolstering economic development, enabling artmaking, reducing the digital divide, partnering with community orgs, offering free alternatives to Netlix & Spotify... and so much more.
Evolving technology has not destroyed the library–it has shaped it into an indispensible piece of the American social fabric.