If Librarians Were Honest | Brain Pickings

IF LIBRARIANS WERE HONEST“…a book indeed sometimes debauched me from my work…”–Benjamin FranklinIf librarians were honest,they wouldn’t smile, or actwelcoming. They would say,You need to be careful. Herebe monsters. They would say,These rooms house heathensand heretics, murderers andmaniacs, the deluded, desperate,and dissolute. They would say,These books contain knowledgeof death, desire, and decay,betrayal, blood, and more blood;each is a Pandora’s box, so whywould you want to open one.They would post dangersigns…

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Portraits of homeless people using libraries

Our society is riddled with injustice.  Economic aggression by the wealthy and self-serving and a culture which promotes individualism, consumerism, celebrity, unhealthy competition and a narrowly defined notion of success in those terms has produced massive poverty, homelessness and hopelessness in our communities. There are many advocates for improved conditions, better treatment, more understanding, positive government initiatives and direct aid to those in need.  Unfortunately, the dominance of neo-liberal economics…

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Chicago Libraries A Waste? Fox Chicago Poses The Question (VIDEO)

Libraries – the most used public institutions in Australia, UK and US – and probably other places, too – should they be closed? The common argument from advocates for their demise is that “it’s all available on the Internet, now.” It is a facile argument that fails on several grounds. Not least is that the increasing amount of information available makes it a greater challenge both to organise it for…

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