Monday, 17 January 2011

Who Wants To Keep Their Public Library Today?

I've been paying a fair amount of attention to the idiotic moves to close libraries overseas - mostly in the UK at the moment, but elsewhere as well. This is a round-up of some of the more memorable articles I've read lately.

 "Google can bring back a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one." 

This blog post gives a nice little overview of how Public libraries got started and developed.

Twitter did its usual crazy trending hastag thing, with #savelibraries which is covered in this Guardian article, and produced some awesome quotes.

There have been a few awesome community turnouts, with local communities checking out as many books as possible to increase circulation stats and send a message - this library in Stony Stratford actually emptied its shelves completely.

The blog Public Libraries News is currently dedicated to rounding up details of closures and cuts in the UK. That one's kind of depressing.

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