Your Public Library Is Where It’s At + Subtraction.com


9 bookmarks. First posted by blturner 9 days ago.


Sociologist Eric Klinenberg in an op-ed piece for The New York Times : Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most…
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5 days ago by flobosg
While that’s often true, it’s also true that a library is a building that’s uniquely open to any purpose you bring to it. Your business there could be educational, professional, personal or even undecided, and you don’t need to declare it to anyone—you can literally loiter in your local public library with no fear of consequences.

Even more radically, your time at the library comes with absolutely no expectation that you buy anything. Or even that you transact at all. And there’s certainly no implication that your data or your rights are being surrendered in return for the services you partake in.

This rare openness and neutrality imbues libraries with a distinct sense of community, of us, of everyone having come together to fund and build and participate in this collective sharing of knowledge and space. All of that seems exceedingly rare in this increasingly commercial, exposed world of ours. In a way it’s quite amazing that the concept continues to persist at all.
khoi-vinh  libraries  public-access  culture 
8 days ago by jbrennan
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8 days ago by technovangelist
Sociologist Eric Klinenberg in an op-ed piece for The New York Times : Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most…
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8 days ago by frog