Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us

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"The 'World Digital Library' aims to do the same thing for sundry other nations--the only trouble is that at the moment, like baseball's World Series, it is an all-American shop." Writer JOHN OATES, on Google's $3-million donation to the Library of Congress to digitize primary materials from major research libraries around the world, "Google Wants Your Culture," London Register, November 22.

"You can't change all the classrooms in a school, but you can make a library--which takes only 5% of the physical space of a school, but has a 100% influence. That's a great rate of return." Architect HENRY MYERBERG, on his firm's participation in the Robin Hood Foundation's library initiative, which has funded and built school libraries in some of the most impoverished areas of New York City, Business Week, November 21.

"Today's librarians are using websites, e-mail, text messages, and more to create an international community of like-minded and tech-savvy library workers. They are challenging perceptions and redefining themselves as fierce defenders of free speech who make activism part of the job." Associated Press writer JESSICA M. PASKO, reporting on the group Radical Reference, November 12.

"My own ideal library is inconceivable without them. Buns and scowls and all, I don't care. That we need our librarians is obvious.... A college or university may in fact be no better than its own librarians. But in my experience this continues to be exactly the case, and I wish we would value more than we do both the human interaction as well as the ideal knowledge they represent." Columnist TERRY CAESAR, "In Praise of Librarians," Inside Higher Ed, November 16.

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"Imagine the Salinas librarians, forlornly watching television last week as the political ads butted one up against the next, all the while knowing that the mere loose change from this campaign could have spared their libraries. …

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