Yesterday was the last day of my intro. class to library science. It entailed a poster session of 3 groups, each detailing an ethical issue facing libraries. Many people may think that the library is a stagnant place that doesn’t change much, going with the flow, from scrolls to books, and card catalogs to computerized catalogs- managed by timeless old ladies. However political, digital, and moral extremes are at hand. For example my group poster focused on: “Does Google Books undermine Public Libraries?”. Another group focused on the moral dilemma of providing quality material to patrons versus providing largely in demand material, i.e., classical literature vs. romance or escape novels. And the other group took on the Patriot Act and Libraries, as privacy in the library is being challenged.
Now, I will leave you with a mission and a photo. Think of a movie, book, place or tourist attraction, comic-book, field of interest, person in history, baseball team or CD that you have been meaning or wanting to look into. Next visit this website (http://www.worldcat.org/) and see what your local library offers, then head on over there and check it out- you only live once.
As for the photo, IST 511 Spring 2007: