Libraries before Broadband

I want to thank my friend Terri Horsmann at Cargill for this great video of librarianship before broadband. It’s part of the archives of the Minnesota Special Library Association chapter.

Here’s a quick description…

Filmed in the Twin Cities in 1964, the film shows a day in the life of a special librarian as he travels to a variety of libraries in the Twin Cities, looking for help with a complex research question. You’ll see the variety of libraries he visited, and might be struck by the leg-work required to answer a question that today, we could most likely find very quickly through subscription databases.

I thought it would be a fun reminder of what life was like without broadband before we step into 2011.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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