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I believe in libraries. They are an irreplaceable resource for a community. No, we have not passed them by with our technology, as the naysayers predicted. In fact, especially now, with the expansion of types of media, the libraries have become even more relevant. Books on paper, CD, DVD, Playaway, or in the cloud—when we changed how we get
our information, libraries expanded right along with us. They added in public computers that allowed Internet access back before most homes had a personal computer. They made shared music available back when recorded music was both expensive and fragile. They also had the foresight not to abandon the original written word. Some things you just can’t learn by watching a YouTube video.
I know I don’t need to justify libraries here. I know this audience knows the value of free, shared information and the safe space to explore it. I…
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