Tuesday, December 28, 2010

12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country

By Leonard Kniffel
A gift from American Libraries magazine of one dozen ideals toward which libraries strive.

Americans love their libraries, and advances in technology have multiplied the ways in which libraries enrich the quality of life in their communities. Whether they are in an elementary school or a university, a museum or a corporation, public or private, our nation's libraries offer a lifetime of learning. To library supporters everywhere - Friends, trustees, board members, patrons, and volunteers - American Libraries magazine offers this gift of 12 ideals toward which librarians strive as they provide comprehensive access to the record of human existence.

1. Libraries sustain democracy.

2. Libraries break down boundaries.

3. Libraries level the playing field.

4. Libraries value the individual.


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