Sunday, June 26, 2005

Utne: Knowledge For Sale

Knowledge for-Sale: Are America's public libraries on the verge of losing their way? / Utne (July/August, 2005)
by Chris Dodge

In fact, the same forces that have turned the United States into a fast-food nation could soon drive the traditional American library out of existence. In a society where everyone's basic needs for health care, housing, education, clean air and water, meaningful work, creative expression, and open space are not met, the historical model of the public library, open to all, is under siege. (p74)
An interesting critique of libraries. Dodge recognizes the fiscal pressures on libraries, but points to a standardization of libraries as a significant problem. He claims libraries are loosing their uniqueness and becoming like fast-food franchises. You know what you are going to get, but you quickly tire of the same old fare...