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The Boston Globe


Libraries evolve with the times

As a library professional for four decades and director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners since 2002, Robert Maier has seen dramatic changes in how people get and use information for education, enjoyment, and entertainment.

Hardcovers and paperbacks have given way to electronic books. Vinyl records ceded to cassette tapes, then compact discs, and then downloadable and streamed music. Basic Internet access was once a must-have, but now it’s all about WiFi and mobile.

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