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LIBRARIES WON'T GO THE WAY OF THE POST OFFICE UNLESS WE STUPIDLY LET THEM
The existence of digital information does not mean we no longer need libraries or librarians. Librarians and libraries have already survived changes of information format: from stone and clay tablets to papyrus, to hand-written texts on parchment, to the printing press, the typewriter, and the computer. As information continues to grow exponentially and become digitized, people will need librarians more than ever to guide them through the jungle of information.
The biggest reason for Albany's large population of poor people is ignorance, and libraries are among the best ways to combat ignorance.
In times of economic hardship, Americans turn to – and depend on – their libraries and librarians.
Libraries are part of the solution when a community is struggling economically. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries support lifelong learning.
Libraries are America’s great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians.
See Op-Ed from Los Angeles Times by Marilyn Johnson, "U.S. Public Libraries: We Lose Them At Our Peril," at http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/06/opinion/la-oe-johnson-libraries-20100706.
For a Return on Investment Analysis of GA public libraries, see p. 5 of this link: http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/publiclibinfo/currentlook/Current_Look_FY11_pt1.pdf
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