Don't Discard The Librarians (News Article)

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Don't Discard The Librarians (News Article)

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1thebeadden
May 22, 2011, 8:36am

Just thought some of you might be interested in reading this article.

Quote:

"The world of librarians was thrown into a tizzy this week – it doesn't take much these days – when the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board announced it will shut its school libraries and dump all but four of its library technicians."

Read the rest here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/dont-discard-the-librarians/article...

22wonderY
May 23, 2011, 10:21am

The counter arguments on pages 2 and 3 are beautifully articulated.

3thebeadden
May 23, 2011, 10:49am

I especially liked these two bits:

"the digital technocracy's strange distrust of human beings sitting in a public room while communally enjoying the freedom of their own minds. "

and

"The life of the mind is a daunting, solitary, often lonely existence: A library gives a mind a home, companionship, and “one of the few places where you can escape advertising,” Mr. Darnell added, as well as “a freedom and an anonymity in that setting that's really important and that doesn't exist in other spaces.”

Thanks for peeking in here 2wonderY. I was hoping someone would read it.

4AngelaB86
May 23, 2011, 11:35am

Wikipedia and the huge databanks of information have basically eliminated the library,” Mr. Godin wrote, in the precipitous tone gurus prefer. “Kids … need a library not at all.”

Oh, I'm going to be sick. Aside from the shocking idea that a Wiki article can somehow replace reading a half-dozen books on a given topic, does he realize students aren't allowed to cite Wikipedia?

5thebeadden
May 23, 2011, 12:08pm

Good point, ArmyAngel.

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