Early libraries guilty of less selection, access

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An Anonymous Patron sends " this piece from the Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner that gives a (very) brief historical overview of libraries."

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They weren't 'guilty' of less selection, it was simply the times they were in. I believe that as ebooks become more common and simple ready reference done online becomes the norm that public libraries will take up the public records mission again with a vengenance.