Monday, June 20, 2011

Shanker Blog » The High Cost Of Closing Public Libraries

An article from the Shanker Blog, "The voice of the Albert Shanker Institute,"..."a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to honor the life and legacy of the late president of the American Federation of Teachers" comes this statistical celebration of the positives of (public) libraries. Notably, the author concludes with
But what really bothers me about the wave of library closings has very little to do with their economic benefits. Closing libraries – there is no other way to put this – is a symptom of societal decay. Libraries are a symbol of functional democracy and informed citizens – and, indeed, of an enlightened people. Many of our nation’s most celebrated figures, from Benjamin Banneker and Abigail Adams to Abraham Lincoln, Ray Bradbury and Jack London, educated themselves in public libraries. These institutions represent our collective commitment to equal access to knowledge and information, regardless of status or income.

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