Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:55 AM
AverageJoe90 (10,341 posts)
The Library is America's Last Truly Socialized Institution And You're About To Lose It!
(Written by an American expat living in the European Union)
Did you know that the library is America's last truly socialized institution and that everyday you come a bit closer to losing it! As a male who is a business librarian, (that is to say someone who holds graduate degrees in library science and an MBA degree in marketing), I understand very well that fee for service in America's library systems are creating a class of information have-nots. For some of you this means that your children aren't going to be able to read as well. It also means that as voters in a democracy, you will no longer be as well informed without full library services. As the series, the American dream vs the European dream which I was able to generously publish with the support of the Daily Kos community, we have seen that we cannot depend on the plutocrat owned radio and television media. Sometimes we have to go to print sources, even international print sources of the variety and scope that you can't possibly afford as an individual to subscribe to them all. Additionally libraries make online databases available to their patrons that allow you with the touch of a button to read international media sources from around the globe. You're in the process of losing this all and a lot more.
Now let's ask why should you be interested in defending America's last truly socialized institution? Well, let's get down to it shall we? So you don't think the library is a completely socialized institution. Well, let's talk about the theory of a library for just one minute, which is everyone who walks in the door and holds a library card has access completely to the same services. It doesn't matter if they're the mayor or a homeless person. Everyone in the library is supposed to be treated the same. It is the one place in America where equality doesn't just get lip service. The American Library Association has produced a wonderful statement called the Freedom to Read Statement wherein it is believed that your freedom to read comes directly from the first amendment of the constitution of the United States. You're about to lose that and that's pretty darn important.
You can think of the library as a repository of everyone who has ever thought and everyone who has ever written! That's a lot to lose access to......
Sad but true......somebody please stand up.
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The Library is America's Last Truly Socialized Institution And You're About To Lose It! (Original post)
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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)
Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:30 AM
joesdaughter (242 posts)
2. It's unconstitutional I tells ya' !
This fall I did voter registration. I registered all who requested it. I was usually posted in front of one of our public library branches I asked people if they were registered at their current address and offered to register them. I also asked them if they supported the President. If they said yes, I gave them info. about Organizing for America. Most people who said they did not support President Obama, did so politely. But some people made crude, racist or unkind remarks. My favorite anti-Obama remarks came from a woman who exited the library with an armful of books and DVDs. She said she could never vote for a socialist who wanted government to solve our problems. The only things government was supposed to do was written in the U.S. Constitution. I did not ask her which article of the Constitution provided for a free public video rental service. I simply smiled and thanked her for talking with me.
Response to joesdaughter (Reply #2)
Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:38 AM
MountainLaurel (10,270 posts)
5. The cognitive dissonance is amazing
A librarian friend of mine once marveled at a Teahadist patron who would use the free interlibrary loan service to get his books on the evils of the government with no sense of shame or realization whatsoever.