Libraries Are Obsolete: An Oxford-Style Debate

As promised, here’s the link to last Wednesday’s Oxford-style debate on the role of libraries, Libraries Are Obsolete. It was sponsored by Harvard Library Strategic Conversations, and featured:

Jonathan Zittrain, James Tracy, R. David Lankes, Susan Hildreth, John G. Palfrey, and two student speakers from the Harvard Speech & Parliamentary Debate Society, Sanhita Dey and Rishav Mukherji. Susan Hildreth is wonderful here!

Hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed the live debate.

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.