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Read/Write Culture: What Open Means for Learning, Research, and Creativity
Presented at the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, April 2010: The Library is Open: Open Minds, Open Doors, Open Access,
Presentation slides available online at Prezi.com
I liked this quote in particular.
Beyond teaching students, what is the role of libraries and of higher education in society? To learn and share learning, to create new knowledge, to preserve what we know and make sure it isn’t corrupted, lost, or redacted for political reasons. We care about truth, even if we honor the fact that it can’t be entirely captured, and we care about the conditions that enable intellectual freedom.
I’d like to link this with some comment on why the public libraries mentioned in earlier posts should avoid charging borrowing fees, but am not sure how to word it. In my mind the idea of providing knowledge uncorrupted, lost or redacted for political reasons also should include some element of “untainted by filthy lucre”.
I suppose some would argue that charging for fiction is just like charging for other forms of entertainment like going to the swimming pools that councils run. To me, charging to exercise your body seems reasonable but charging to exercise your mind is not, but I find it hard to articulate why. After all, both forms of exercise serve to better one’s life journey.