October 26, 2020

In the internet era, public libraries more vital than ever

In the internet era, public libraries more vital than ever

Back in 2018, Forbes sent Twitter into fury with a now-retracted column. Its big idea: Amazon should replace libraries because it has “provided something better.” The Kindles, Netflixes and Starbucks of the world have rendered libraries obsolete, the author suggested; monetizing libraries would not only save taxpayer money but also bolster Amazon’s stockholder value.

Librarians and activists are fighting hard against this idea. In fact, they’re making the case for why libraries are even more important in a world redefined by companies like Amazon. They offer free access to the internet, and classes on basic computer skills, data literacy, and more — all with a commitment to user privacy. …

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