Education & the Importance of Open Discussion

I want to share this article. Given the irreducible importance of the role that libraries play in education and the promotion of open discussion in our society, I think the points elucidated here apply to us, as well.

Charles Negy, Professor, Says Students Showed ‘Religious Arrogance And Bigotry’ In A Letter Later Posted On Reddit (The Huffington Post, posted online on August 16, 2012)

While I may not be entirely comfortable with the professor’s focus on Christians and intolerance (I know many, many Christians who despise intolerance and close-mindedness; likewise, I know many close-minded and intolerant people from other religions) I deeply appreciate what he has to say about the absolute importance of open debate and critical thought.
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Ode to Comix

Cover of Heart by Blair ButlerMy coworker is incredibly proud because the graphic novel written by his daughter (actually, a 4-volume comic now collected in an omnibus) has been acquired by our library and is in our catalog:

Heart by Blair Butler

This got me thinking about monks and medieval manuscripts.

Wait… What?
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Public Libraries as Place – or, Who Inherits the Legacy of Borders?

The Carnegie Corporation recently published the following article:

Today’s Public Libraries: Public Places of Excellence, Education and Innovation

Personally, I think this is the best summation of the value of public libraries I’ve read. I especially appreciate that the author talks about the importance of place in our culture.

Of course, whenever anyone talks about place in conjunction with books & media, it makes me miss Borders. For almost two decades, they managed to be the place for people to hang out and read in most urban areas in this country.

When Borders closed its doors last year, I wrote the following:
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Welcome to my blog!

After a little over a year working in a public library, I find that I have stuff to say. So I’m going to use this space to say it!

Not all my posts will be strictly library-related. I believe that libraries are so deeply embedded in our lives and our communities that a strict separation of my library ideas and my personal thoughts & beliefs presents a false separation. Being a librarian isn’t just what I do for a living – being a librarian is who I am.

So, here goes! My personal experiment in blogging commences! Stay tuned, and let me know what you think!