Friday, January 21, 2011
Why Libraries are important
Okay, so I'll admit that when I first heard about extreme budget cuts to libraries my first thought was for myself...in my defense, they were threatening to eliminate inter-library loans, and I'd already listened to most of the YA audiobooks at my branch.
So, booksellers running a "save the libraries" campaign also has a selfish tinge to it. After all, budget cuts mean less books bought by libraries. Still, I'd like to think that their second thoughts (like my own) were for communities at large.
From a practical standpoint, the large number of unemployed people here in the U.S need free access to the internet and computers to find the maximum number of employment opportunities available in their area.
From a broader standpoint, libraries provide an ideological service to communities through the free flow of information. Freedom of speech and the press isn't worth much if the only information on current events most people have available to them is TV news. Multiple medias and perspectives need to be provided to the community at large, and the library does this.
What do you think? Why are libraries important to you?
And check out the Fight for Libraries Campaign over at Booksellers.com.