My blood ran cold when I saw this ad – Close all the libraries; alternatives exist – that ran in the Omaha World-Herald. School and university libraries can’t provide the materials public libraries do – and it’s not their place to do so. And that’s not even considering the resources and help for job seekers, businesses etc. that we provide. How anyone can be this self-serving and short-sighted, especially these days when strapped and desperate job seekers are rediscovering the library in droves, is beyond me. Luckily the comments beneath the ad show that most people are as appalled by their screed as I am.
So tell me, can our advocacy efforts ever hope to enlighten these insular thinkers?