Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.
Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PAT SHIPMAN, retired Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Her new book is: THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION.