"Can libraries and the internet coexist??"
This is a common question that I've received... and no, I'm not thinking only about access to computers in the library. The general commentary is that the internet has removed the need for the library altogether.
Here is where I stand on this topic: education is even more important in the age where misinformation surrounds us, attention spans are shorter, and digital rights access becomes a bigger and bigger issue. Anyone can post an article, write a book, or create a website. However, access to quality information is key for an informed and engaged community.
Content sites like YouTube have been a great addition to DIY communities, but is the information always correct? Why not check a few sources or local codes to make sure you are doing it right? If you are at home using library resources on the internet or looking at physical content for more information - woohoo! Checking your Libraries can be places of active and passive learning - just like the internet. There is no reason that we can't co-exist. This answer doesn't take into account the use of a library as a third space or the various in-person programs we have. The internet is a tool, and just like all other tools, you have to make sure you use it correctly so that you don't injure someone.
As Google has become a verb: "did you Google that?" I'll ask this in a similar vein: "How do you Library?"
Cheers - Brian