Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"This year's freshmen ... have never used a card catalog to find a book."

Time columnist NANCY GIBBS on Beloit (Wis.) College professors' Mindset List, a "dictionary of all the deeply ingrained cultural references that will make no sense to the bright-eyed students of the incoming class." "Time will tell," Time Magazine, Sept. 21.

"YouTube's sheer size makes it an easy and tempting target for filtering by national governments ... video can, in some contexts, be censored more effectively than other forms of web content."

DAVID TALBOT on censoring YouTube, which accounts for the majority of video on the web. "OurTube," Technology Review, Sept./Oct. 2009.

"Just like Oprah, bin Laden has both an army of fanatic followers ready to carry out his every whim--and a book club. ...He's got a library card! Ask Amazon where he is; they're shipping books to him!"

On the fact that bin Laden has eluded capture while periodically surfacing to perform such communications feats as recommending books. PETER SEGAL, joking on NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! Sept. 19.

"'Forever' institutions such as libraries, universities, and museums are especially important in uncertain times because they provide stability and continuity."

Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. WAYNE CLOUGH, on the role of libraries and other educational institutions in tough economic times. "From the Castle: 'Forever' Institutions," Smith sonian, July 2009.

"Of all the current assaults on our noble republic, perhaps none is more dangerous than the public option--specifically, the public library option [which] has undermined the very foundations of our economy. …

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