Sunday open thread—A note on libraries

Sunday open thread—A note on libraries

Some gonef from Forbes Magazine put up a very ill-considered piece on libraries and their utility.

Now, I had just woken up today when I saw one of my Tweeps cc me on this hot take. I took a considered moment, performed my morning ablutions, and then put this person on blast.

I don't say this often enough, but that makes it no less what I believe: I view my profession not merely as a job, but as a vocation. I perform not merely a function, but a societal service. Libraries are cauldrons of democracy. They're engines of information. They're foci of conversation. They're not just about books. They're where communities gather and join in shared experiences. They're where children have their eyes opened to the world. They're where those without means have the chance to enjoy all the things we take for granted. And that's why people like this person fear us.

This is your open thread.

 



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