Libraries are Part of the Safety Net — No Wonder Governments Hate Them

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I just discovered this article “Libraries are Part of the Safety Net — No Wonder Governments Hate Them” http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/whats_really_killing_libraries_i_ask_my_mom.html

It includes an interview with a librarian, who talks about what it was like running small libraries before the internet, and the problems she encountered. I really like one part:

“Libraries don’t need to be daycare centers to have community value, to be part of the safety net. Libraries are already, naturally, a part of the safety net, because they empower their community with equitable access to knowledge. And libraries can’t do that without librarians — someone who knows their collection, who knows their patrons, who has the right training and the right salary. Someone who has compassion, and the financial and social resources to act on that compassion without losing their mind.”

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