Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said. (Opinion)

Magazine article American Libraries

Thus Said. (Opinion)

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"The presidential libraries must be very quiet--most get only two or three visitors per day." John Stossel, ABC TV's 20/20, May 3, decrying the museums as a waste of taxpayer money.

"If the school fires its librarian, has the classroom been affected? Of course it has." Political Reporter Paul O'Connor, on the impossibility of North Carolina Governor Mike Easley's aim to protect the classroom from cuts in the state's education budget, Chapel Hill News, May 8.

"A fitting and useful memorial for the World Trade Center site would be a library... What I have in mind is a regular old local branch library, with kids bopping in, and retirees bent over newspapers, and a librarian who looks very much like Laura Bush telling a teenage girl where she can find Emma." Roger Rosenblatt,, May 25.

"A library is like a kitchen. You can have the most modern facility with all the appliances, cookware, storage space, countertops, food, and condiments. But you need a cook to make it mean anything." Columnist Lucia Herndon, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29.

"Those who declared librarians obsolete when the Internet rage first appeared are now red-faced. We need them more than ever. The Internet is full of 'stuff' but its value and readability is often questionable. 'Stuff' doesn't give you a competitive edge, high-quality reliable information does." Association of American Publishers President Patricia Schroeder, speaking at the Australian Library and Information Association conference, May 22, in Sydney.

"Halfway houses and community-based treatment facilities are less likely than a public library to attract crime to a neighborhood." The Washington Times, reporting on a study by the Justice Policy Institute, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization, May 16.

"We were told years ago that we did not need a railroad system because it would scare the cows. …

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