Turns out that librarians and libraries are doing a great job at keeping up with competition from both obvious - box store book stores - and obscure sources - multi national uber-corporations.
In this book review in @ American Libraries Magazine: "The Purpose-Based Library Finding your path to survival, success, and growth" by John J. Huber and Steven V. Potter, you will read...
"Bill Gates’s quote should have you, as a member of the library profession, doing backflips. Librarians are specifically trained to gather, manage, and use information. If we take Gates’s words at face value, libraries should be the most competitive organizations on the planet."
Turns out that libraries are doing a great job in this regard.
...and that, my library friends and colleagues, should make you all feel very good about your work today!
Here's a sample of the ideas celebrated by Huber and Potter:
"To successfully compete, libraries must embrace the words of Bill Gates. 'Libraries must gather, use, and manage information in a way that large for-profit companies cannot.' So the question is: What competitive advantages do libraries have that these organizations do not? Let us count the ways:
- Libraries have more locations across the country than any other organization.
- Libraries have a personal presence in every community in the country.
- Library staff interact with their customers face-to-face.
- Library staff are trained and skilled to gather, archive, and manage information.
- Library staff are well educated and motivated to make a difference.
- And most important, libraries and their staff have a powerful, game-changing common purpose.
To go beyond survival, to succeed and grow, libraries must embrace and leverage these competitive advantages."