But the Library of Alexandria was devoted to storing all the knowledge of the Hellenistic world. And at that time, all the knowledge in the world was written on papyrus.
Perhaps multimedia has been most enthusiastically adopted by institutions of elementary and secondary education.
It may sound corny, but this really is the Information Age. Researchers will always be coming to libraries for books, and print resources will surely be sufficient for the needs of many. But there is a wealth of information that is only available on film. No format ought to be excluded from a library’s collection.
Film screenings can also be a great way to attract traffic to your library. If readily available e-books have caused membership to dwindle, this sort of event may prove to be an effective antidote. Of course, such a screening would require the acquisition of public performance rights for the film being screened.
The conservative, paper-only model for the library is quickly biting the dust. Even libraries that choose to only carry written resources are offering electronic journals and e-books in addition to printed volumes. Adapting to this new technology means that libraries everywhere will be able to serve the needs of their members more efficiently and completely. The continuing rise of multimedia is changing the library experience for the better. And it’s certainly saving a lot of paper