Winthrop dean makes case for libraries in new book

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Winthrop University’s library dean believes his industry can remain relevant despite intense competition from information technology such as smartphones and tablets.

He makes the case for how libraries can endure in his new book, “Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age.” Dacus Library Dean Mark Herring says his answer to his own book title’s question is “a resounding no!”

He notes that “the digital age” has changed information access and that libraries “are reeling as they are no longer able to serve as the chief contender in information delivery.”

In the book, Herring looks at the debate from both sides –– the “web aficionados” and traditional librarians, Winthrop officials state in a recent news release.

Herring’s book is published by McFarland & Company, Inc. and is for sale on its website for $25. His earlier works have appeared in numerous publications such as the Library Journal, American Libraries and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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