Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Love Letter to Libraries from Ken Davis

The current dismal economic climate is taking its toll on many things across the board, one of them being the necessary municipal funding to public library systems throughout the United States. My first after school job was working as a library page (a little library humor--the job title of "page" always used to make us library pages laugh) at the Hillcrest library branch in Queens, New York, so I definitely am a champion of libraries. Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About History and America's Hidden History blogs today about the proposed drastic cuts to his hometown New York City public libraries, and how such cuts threaten the wealth of free information available to the public.

Libraries Are America's Lifelines. Leave Them Alone

Michael Bloomberg may be the ultimate IT Guy. Okay, maybe that's still Bill Gates. But the point is, Michael Bloomberg took Information and Technology and made himself an empire with Bloomberg News. Then he became King of New York -- or at least Mayor -- and a very good one at that, as far as I am concerned.

So why would a man who built his world around IT want to cripple New York's IT lifeline -- the public library?

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