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Happy National (U.S.) Library Week!

Nice piece from Art Brodsky in The Huffington Post titled Our Public Library Lifeline is Fraying. We'll Be Sorry When it Snaps. A clip:

But it would be a mistake to say that the Internet replaces libraries. It doesn't. It's an adjunct. More than one budget officer has said that people don't need libraries because they can go online. First, many people can't go online due to their economic circumstances. Second, librarians help to guide research. A simple online search will not always achieve desired results, as anyone who does this well knows. And libraries still have those quaint old things called books, many of which aren't online. The printed medium still has a lot of attraction for many, from the youngest readers whose parents check out armloads of picture books, to the serious readers and researchers who realize there is more to find than what's online.

Also Happy (U.S.) Tax Day! [I know--that's an oxymoron.]

Again from The Huffington Post, here's something from Jonathan Eig titled Tax Day 2010: How the Income Tax Put Al Capone Behind Bars.

Click here to see a list of the top ten challenged books in 2009, according to the American Library Association (ALA). The list includes Lauren Myracle's ttyl at number one, and, surprisingly to me, Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series is only number five.

You can also access the ALA's Top 100 Challenged/Banned Books: 2000-2009 here.


Anonymous said…
Libraries and librarians will always be needed. Sure there's a ton of information online, but how do you know what's reliable and what's not? In fact, I currently want to get my hands on an obscure and out-of-print book which I know I will need a librarian's help to even find a copy of.

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