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Visit the College Board on the Web: . GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -7- Crandall said his study found that two-thirds of the library computer users asked a librarian for help in using the technology. “The ability to use the new technology may seem intuitive to many,” he said, “but clearly for many others it is not, and having a community resource that is able to help people understand how to use digital technology and information, and why they might want to use it to improve the quality of their lives is something that libraries have taken on as a transformation of their traditional mission.” Martinez said the Knight Foundation’s library funding will focus on “innovative projects and leaders that help to show what the library of tomorrow should be.” * Crandall, Martinez, and Becker are library and information science researchers. Crandall and Becker are at the University of Washington; Martinez is with the Knight Foundation. Reprinted by permission from PBS MediaShift. Copyright MediaShift LLC; mediashift.org
2017 AP ® ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS © 2017 The College Board. Visit the College Board on the Web: . GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -8- Source D Rainie, Lee. “Libraries Transformed: Research on the Changing Role of Libraries.” Pew Research Internet Project . Pew Research Center, 23 October 2012. Web. 27 June 2014. The following charts were published in a report by the Pew Charitable Trust, a national research organization. In this chart, n represents the number of people who were surveyed in each age group.
2017 AP ® ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS © 2017 The College Board. Visit the College Board on the Web: . GO ON TO THE NEXT PAGE. -9- Source E Siegler, M. G. “The End of The Library.” TechCrunch. TechCrunch, 13 October 2013. Web. 12 May 2016. The following is excerpted from an article posted on the Web site of an online publisher of technology industry news. It’s hard for me to even remember the last time I was in a library. I was definitely in one this past summer in Europe—on a historical tour. Before that, I think it was when I was in college. But even then, ten years ago, the internet was replacing the need to go to a library. And now, with e-books, I’m guessing the main reason to go to a library on a college campus is simply because it’s a quiet place to study. . . . The point is, times have changed. And things continue to change with increasing speed. So where does that leave libraries? Undoubtedly, some of the largest, most prestigious libraries will live on. But the people lurking in them may increasingly look like Gandalf in the bowels of Minas Tirith looking through the scrolls of Isildur.* Meanwhile, some other spaces currently known as libraries may live on as cultural and/or learning centers. Others like the notion of using libraries as some sort of newfangled technology demo pits. Tablets over here! 3D printers over here! One article even likened them to Apple Stores. . . .

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