Libraries as software

If you are interested in the present and future of libraries but aren’t reading what Hugh Rundle has to say, you are missing out on thoughts like this:

The real value of libraries is not the hardware. It has never been the hardware. Your members don’t come to the library to find books, or magazines, journals, films or musical recordings. They come to be informed, inspired, horrified, enchanted or amused. They come to hide from reality or understand its true nature. They come to find solace or excitement, companionship or solitude. They come for the software.

Do yourself a favour and go read the whole thing.