Nora Young is the host of CBC Radio’s technology show Spark. Photo submitted

CBC host to discuss the future of libraries

Nelson library hosts an online event with Nora Young Oct. 6

Submitted by the Nelson Public Library

If Google is a verb and Wikipedia everyone’s information go-to page, where does the library fit in?

Nora Young, host and creator of CBC’s Spark, explores A Home in the Cloud: The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age in an online Zoom event on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is part of the Nelson Public Library’s centenary year programming.

The opportunities and challenges of the data-rich information age, and why the library is now more vital and necessary than ever, are among the topics Young will tackle.

“The pandemic has made us all alive to the power of the internet to help us connect, learn and work virtually,” says Young. “Never have we been more aware of the importance of being together in a real physical space, building community and meaning in person.”

This online presentation is the final event in a series of centenary celebrations that began with a variety show at the Capitol Theatre in January and culminates with an exhibit at Touchstones Museum that runs from now until Nov. 22.

“It feels perfect that we end our centenary year with a look to the future,” says chief librarian Tracey Therrien. “As a broadcaster and author reporting on technology, Nora Young brings an important perspective on how the library can continue to lead as both a physical space and virtual information hub.”

As host of CBC Radio’s Spark, Young explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. She is the author of the book The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us, and was the founding host of the CBC Radio show Definitely Not the Opera, where she focused on new media and technology.

To register for this free online Nelson Library event, go to www.nelsonlibrary.ca

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