Retired Librarian Mourns Decline of Libraries
Don Saklad noticed this Harvard Crimson Story on a talk by Kenneth E. Carpenter, former Assistant Director for Research Resources in the Harvard Library.
He says American libraries are in a period of serious decline. Carpenter said his research uncovered local governments dissolving or merging libraries, a decline in interested readers, and the "diminished status and human resources policies that limit advancement" of librarians.
"Libraries are retreating back into a sameness of acquisition, justified by the ideal of “sharing” which sounds like commonality, but limits access,"