What defines a library?

The Public Library Association posted an article about what defines a library in these times.  It discusses how books are our "brand," but an ebook is not the same as a physical book, and it is hard for libraries to deal with this change.  At this point, it is easier for most people to buy an ebook rather than check one out from their local library. A quote from the article:

"It’s time to examine our missions in this new world of content. Books are our current brand, but in a world that is shifting to electronic forms, and to fulfill our public good role, our brand needs to change. I would love our brand to be “access to the resources and tools in an ever-changing world.” That means access to e-everything, including the tools and training needed for content creation, and in physical spaces. Places to gather and discuss ideas. Places to learn, and places to teach."

Read the rest here.