Libraries as a Public Good

A trio of readings on the radical idea of libraries in our society:

Also of note is an upcoming UK report stating that
"knowledge should be public good first, private right second"
-- now that's just kooky talk!


How'd you like to be the poor book publisher who sues a library and finds that their sales drop 78% the following quarter because they pissed of the Sisterhood?We are one consumer muscle in the book world that would be fearsome if flexed.

All this "public good" idea is a noble one, however the reality is information is increasingly becoming commercialised and public libraries are being squeezed out as they cannot compete with commercial counterparts. Public libraries are just the poor version of commercial operations. On top of that, libraries are very poor when it comes to technological creativity and innovation.