Monday, December 12, 2011

Bad Press on Librarians

Can't leave this one out-- Newt Gingrich’s dumbfounding comment about 12-year-olds working as librarians.  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/gingrich-says-poor-children-have-no-work-ethic/  Just another in a league of comments and actions that point to the abandonment of the long tradition and long held views on the value of libraries.

One of the most comprehensive rebuttals is the ACRL/American Libraries Association response called the Value of Academic Libraries (see http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/).  It documents a myriad of efforts pointing to the positive impacts of books, facilities, and teaching done through libraries and librarians.

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