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Did y'all SEE this nonsense today?!?

Basically, college professor writing for Forbes makes the argument that we should just give up on Public Libraries, and simply let Amazon create library services for people.

Going 100% counter to the Carnegie Library origins—which are the basis of public libraries across the vast majority of the US (and if I’m not mistaken, Canada, too!).

Ironic, isn’t it, that a man whose job is paid for by a nonprofit, public institution is arguing for the dismantling & privatization/ corporatization of another public institution?


One which originated in the idea that knowledge and information *ought* to be publicly available, for anyone who wanted to put in the work to better themselves.

(YES, I am fully aware of the fact that Carnegie is/was problematic in MANY ways!! But it’s also a fact that his libraries did a LOT of public good, and allowed for the education of many people.)

AND, as our awesome GT librarians & library-adjacent folks know—there are TONS of excellent community-supporting & educational things our public libraries STILL do today!

TL/DR: Out of touch publicly employed white guy argues for the privatization & corporatization of something a long-dead rich white guy founded as a PUBLIC good.


Also, Cyree Jarelle Jackson’s tweets on this are AWESOME!😉😀😁:


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