Don’t underestimate libraries contribution to common good

By Karen Diaz
Libraries enjoy an interesting relationship with the public and our users. We are trusted, loved, and yet often underestimated.
Folks think of libraries as the friendly place to get books. They are indeed that — but so much more. Libraries are neutral in the sense of belonging to the collective, and hosting different points of view. They are political in the sense of dedication to that cause and working against censorship. They are for the common good.
They are places and they are virtual. And importantly they are run by professionals who are guides, teachers, partners, community workers and scholars all in one. A public library is a space where the local community can come to grow and to learn about societal as well as personal matters whether that be through books or events.
An academic library is a “neutral” space that brings different disciplines together through collections, space and services.

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