Monday, October 25, 2010

Librarians and Search Engines

12 timeless reasons why libraries are good for the country and why librarians cannot be replaced by search engines:

• They inform citizens and help them find not just information but accurate and authoritative information and knowledge.

• They break down social boundaries by being open to all.

• They level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor.

• They value the individual and independent thinking and learning beyond the classroom.

• They nourish creativity.

• They open children’s minds to the world around them.

• They return high dividends on a relatively small investment.

• They build communities and can be the intellectual centers of the communities they serve, whether that is a town, a university, a school, an organization, or a business.

• They challenge you to examine controversies, to understand, and to make your own decisions.

• They offer opportunities for lifelong learning.

• They provide a safe haven, a sanctuary.

• They preserve the past, the record of human existence.

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