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Why libraries matter: “Libraries Now — A Day in the Life”

If anyone out there is still wondering whether libraries are relevant in the 21st century, let this powerfully moving video by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks remove all doubt: Help make sure that libraries can keep doing good. Wherever you … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: “A satisfying reversal, a balancing of the power”

Caitlin Moran, author of the very excellent How to Be A Woman, defends and celebrates the endangered small libraries of England — including the one that nurtured her: Everything I am is based on this ugly building on its lonely … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: “Permanent, unlimited, free”

Ursula K. Le Guin. in a must-read post, makes the case for why libraries matter in the digital age: Libraries are essential because they keep permanent collections — even of unpopular books, even of impermanent, seemingly valueless items — a … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: Help a library grow!

The public library of the town of Shutesbury, Mass. needs your help: From their YouTube page: We’re a small town in Massachusetts, population ~1800. Our cute little library was built 110 years ago, for a town of 400 people. Features … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: “Home. That’s it.”

A very inspiring video from the New York Public Library: Unlike critics of the Library’s plan to transform the central branch from a researcher’s storehouse into a vital hub of activity — a former curator sniffs that the Mid-Manhattan branch … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: The library is the weapon of the people

The website of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street has a roundup of media coverage of the library’s destruction by the police on November 15. The sharpest and pithiest of the commentaries must surely be Salman Rushdie’s scathing remarks … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: “Information is liberation”

The blog of The People’s Library at the Occupy Wall Street protest site fiercely and eloquently lays out its raison d’être: To reimagine who we are, to understand who have become, is a group activity. It requires public truth-telling and personal … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: “You feed the appetite for knowledge, and it creates more appetite for knowledge”

Craig Buthod, 2010 Librarian of the Year, talks to the hosts of The Takeaway about reinventing the Louisville library system for the digital age. An interesting, er, takeaway: the more new technologies the libraries embrace, the more people check out … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d

Charles Simic, in a heartbreaking article on the closing of many American libraries: I still can’t get over the generosity of the taxpayers of Oak Park. It’s not that I started out life being interested in everything; it was spending … Continue reading

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Why libraries matter, cont’d: The “future library”? It’s already here.

I’ll give Seth Godin credit: he thinks libraries should matter: The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books. Just in time for the information economy, the library ought to be the local nerve center for information. […] We … Continue reading

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