I subscribe to a Google alert on libraries, and so every day I get a group of stories about libraries from around the nation and the world. Today’s list struck me for its homogeneity: almost all of the stories talked about how libraries are really handy in tough economic times, or how library usage has increased in this tough climate.
I know this isn’t really news to the public librarians out there. Apparently, this is news to everyone else.
As you might have guessed Dear Readers, this brings me to my favorite soapbox. If you’re not wandering about your community talking up the value of the library, you’re doing yourself, your library, and your community a disservice.