Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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28 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHILIP M. READ It's called The Perk, this getaway spot for a cup of joe at Duke's main library. "It's sort of the Main Street of the library," said Aaron Welborn, the libraries' director of communications. WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES An artist's rendering of the newly expanded Wake Forest Library, with its street-side atrium a window on the world. "I'm working on my second master's. I basically live in the library," she said. The study chairs and tables, albeit surrounded by stacks of DVDs, suggest a more conventional environment, though perhaps not as much as UNC-Chapel Hill's circa 1929 Louis Round Wilson Library, the Beaux Arts-style beauty with imposing Corinthian columns. "It was the quintessential library," Taylor, the mom returning her daughter's books at the Northeast Regional Library, said of the Wilson Library. "It made you feel smart." And in an era of smart phones, electronic journals, and the world at your Google fingertips, it seems, there will always be print. Books, printed with ink on paper, still appear to be unshakable. "Formats change every few years," Duke's Welborn said of the digital world and mentioning the library's collection of 30,000 DVDs, more movies than anyone can watch in a lifetime, he said. "We have all this content that they can't play," he said of student laptops that no longer have compact disc or DVD drives, "because they're so use to streaming everything. It wasn't that long ago that people were watching video cassettes." The stacks, it appears, won't be going the way of the card catalog just yet. "Print has had a very good track record for a very long time," Welborn said. "In the library world, the long view is the best view." PHILIP M. READ The old campus entrance to the main libraries on Duke University's campus. The Rubinstein Library, to which this connects, in 2015 underwent a "top to bottom" renovation, said Aaron Welborn, the libraries' director of communications.

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