After 10 years working as public relations counsel for libraries, I have developed a huge soft spot for them and their ongoing struggles to prove their worth to the public, government funders, and donors. Especially today, as digital books, newspapers, and magazines have become widely available and affordable, more and more people feel that public libraries are an outdated concept.
But who do think is keeping track of all this digital content? Capturing it? Organizing and sorting it? Archiving it for access by future generations? Libraries still collect and provide access to good, old-fashioned paper books and magazines, but now they are also responsible for grabbing all that great born-digital content out there so that it doesn’t fade away into the black hole of cyber-space. This is the challenge of today’s libraries and a responsibility they take very seriously, working hard and in relative obscurity, to ensure that our children can learn from content created today.
So, thank you to all the Librarians out there working tirelessly to steward the collective knowledge of humanity. Maybe one day everyone will understand the vital role you play in society and open their wallets accordingly. In the meantime, I absolutely love the video below and appreciate the enormous risk that this library took to get their message out!
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