Cutting Libraries in a Recession

by Joey deVilla on May 11, 2010

"Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague"

I love this – feel free to spread it far and wide!

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AKMA May 11, 2010 at 11:23 am

Full props to the sentiment, but to be more precise — wouldn’t cutting libraries during a recession be more like cutting pharmacies in a plague, and cutting education more like cutting hospitals?

frankl May 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

ehh, for a tech dude/promulgator, doncha know that most libraries are now being superceded by the interpipes? internet? known in some circles as DARPA-spawn? just sayin’

Joey deVilla May 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Frank: Most libraries are adapting to become the go-to place to access the interpipes. Many people can only afford to get their broadband internet access at library computers.

There’s also the matter of a lot of information and literature existing only in dead-tree form.

Thane Eichenauer May 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

There is nothing that prevents a library from soliciting donations to advance their program. If a given library is truly a good idea those people with money to spend will donate it to a good cause. The inverse is worth keeping in mind. There are taxpayers who might need the money more than a library needs any given 1,000 books and the staff to support those books.

I disagree with the analogy above. Per Wikipedia the bubonic plague hasn’t been a significant natural issue for a hundred years and even if it resurfaced doesn’t require a hospital to treat. The creator should have researched the analogy he was making.

Jeff Jetton May 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

“The creator should have researched the analogy he was making.”

Yeah, but the library was closed down…

Daemon February 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

Also – the interwebs have many, many, many virtues – but an editorial oversight process is mostly not one of them. Books still have the upper hand in verifiable accuracy.

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