The latest front in the war on libraries

You read articles like this (via Umair Haque’s Twitter feed), about the treatment of school librarians in LA, and you can’t help but feel society is heading into some dark places. Neil Gaiman has linked to the personal story of one of those librarians – his treatment was unbelievable. Western society makes grand claims about how we’re now living in the information age, but events like this make me wonder how much we actually value that information, or if it’s become something we passively consume rather than actively treasure…

(Some other posts on libraries – when did they stop being institutions we honoured and become a target for every penny-pinching politician who thinks they’ve got a mandate to destroy those things in which we should be investing?)

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