In which I take text from our medium and mash it into pictures from another and share delicious visual geekery.
Let’s say it all together now….”libraries provide more than just access to books!” I am so tired of seeing a community space reduced to a place to leave books. Amazon can’t replace ESOL classes, early literacy story times, access to public computers and training, nor can it replace a safe space to do any of these things and more. Libraries promote the right to read whatever you want, and while collections are developed, we wouldn’t stop access to books with a publisher we didn’t agree with or remove books from a patrons account like the famous 1984 kindle story awhile back.
And who is going to provide these kindles? Or teach people how to use them? Will items in other languages be provided?
I know the author is most likely not serious, or just playing this from a privileged “I’ve never been in a place in my life where I needed a public library, and we spend money on it and things we spend money on that don’t apply to me make me mad” angle, but this whole thing pisses me off. By all means, continue to develop these programs for those who would like to use them, but don’t assume it us the right fit for everyone. Netflix hasn’t stopped my patrons from checking out tons of movies each week. And I like to think that what I’m able to provide as a librarian isn’t as replaceable as an instruction manual for a new amazon service.