Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"The problem is, Google aspires to know everything. Knowledge is control. Give Google the right search terms and almost anything known will soon be on your computer screen. Now much mail is 'Gmail'--living on Google's servers. Google offers online office programs and storage of your private and business documents. Our privacy is in many ways determined by the benevolence of Google. Woe to us when Google goes bad."

Dennis E. Powell, "We'll Miss Libraries When Google Takes Over the World," Athens (Ohio) News, Apr. 22.

"Everyone should hire librarians. Every time you hear about budget cuts and cutbacks on hours, it seems like our libraries, and librarians, are the ones suffering. But these places, and these people, must be the most helpful, the most informed, and the most knowledgeable resources on the planet. If they hired librarians to be clerks at the DMV, everyone would get their license plates on time and walk out of the office looking forward to renewal time. If librarians ran health care, people might still get sick, but not tired."

Jeff Rundles, "The Library and Customer Care," Colorado Biz, Apr. 1

"The fact is that well over half the ebooks currently available can be read at no cost whatsoever, and most of the rest are available at prices so low as to unlikely challenge any but the most destitute among us. And this raises some very real questions about the continued value of the 'free' lending library in the age of the ebook."

LSSI Vice President Steve Coffman, "The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire," Searcher, April

"Since the future is already here, we can see that many publishers are placing bets on a declining library market. I think that's the prudent thing to do. The evidence for this is that librarians keep telling us that their budgets are shrinking. I sometimes wonder if librarians understand that they are making a strategic mistake: By talking about their money woes, they reduce their clout with publishers. Librarians tend to argue on moral grounds, publishers on economic grounds. Most of the time, the money wins."

Joseph Esposito, "Predicting the Present," in The Scholarly Kitchen, Mar. 19.

"Another major incident was the mice. I had been warned that the library was one of their favorite playgrounds. I was rather surprised at the calm manner in which this news had been announced, and I was worried about this unfortunate presence. …

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