SD CENTRAL; LIBRARY OR NOT?
June 11, 2015
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On a Sunday afternoon, erected on Park Boulevard, is a 9 floor building with a metal dome that hovers over the people.
Known as San Diego’s largest public library, SD Central contains an estimated 5.5 million books, 1.5 million eBooks, records, open resource centers, dozens of computers and a public school on its 6th and 7th floors. Despite the amount of volumes it contains, not many people read them. Often there are more people sitting at the library computers, at desks using personal laptops and iPads, or in resource rooms than there are people wondering the spaces between the book shelves, opening books, or reading them.
These inclinations toward technology rather than books themselves incite the question of, whether the technology and public programs contribute or take away from the overall function and purpose of the library.
Tenth grade student, Alana Rufael, advocates for the library’s technology, “I think it is a great resource center,” she says, “the technology [doesn’t] take away from the purpose of the library.” As a student at E3 Civic High, the public school inside SD Central, she believe it makes things easier. Attending the school in the library is helpful to her because she can do research and study.
On the other hand, there are others who believe differently. Mbali Cohen is a woman who’s spent numerous days pouring over books at the Library of congress in Washington D.C. She says that people are focused entirely on technology, “that they don’t know how to communicate anymore.”
There are many perspectives and opinions about the purpose of a library and if SD Central really functions as one. Between the perspective of a student and an avid reader, public views are very different.