Educational Technology

July 23, 2010

U.S. public libraries: We lose them at our peril

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Marilyn Johnson, LA Times

The U.S. is beginning an interesting experiment in democracy: We’re cutting public library funds, shrinking our public and school libraries, and in some places, shutting them altogether. These actions have nothing to do with whether the libraries are any good or whether the staff provides useful service to the community. This country’s largest circulating library, in Queens, N.Y., was named the best system in the U.S. last year by Library Journal. Its budget is due to shrink by a third. Los Angeles libraries are being slashed, and beginning this week, the doors will be locked two days a week and at least 100 jobs cut. Libraries are an essential service in action, as well as an effective leveler of privilege and avenue of reinvention. As budget cuts affect more facilities, children will be the first to suffer.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-johnson-libraries-20100706,0,5371729.story

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