This is perhaps once of the best defenses of public libraries I have read; David Morris easily blends modern day dilemmas and lofty ideals to create a manifest that asserts to be American we do not just need libraries—but public ones.
The Library of Congress and UNESCO unveiled the World Digital Library, this massive undertaking looks quite promising and the website is intuitive and easy to use—not something always associated with digital libraries. The above picture is a mathematical treatise by Muḥammad b. Abi al-Fatḥ Muḥammad b. al-Sharafī Abi al-Rūḥ ‘Īsā b. Aḥmad al-Ṣūfī al-Shāfi‘ī al-Muqrī, written in 1491-92 (897 AH). Visit the World Digital Library at www.wdl.org/en
Last year Charlotte, NC slashed public library funding, closing libraries and laying off librarians. Now they are on to school libraries. Charlotte-Mecklenburg County is not the place to be a librarian these days, but is unfortunately a good example of what is happening in cities and communities around the country.
"A new website that provides libraries, community colleges, schools and workforce training centers a variety of resources and tools for teaching computer and Internet skills, which are increasingly necessary for success in today’s economy."