Ron J. Stefanski, a Gale Cengage Vice President, Strategic Account Practice just sent me ths neat quotation:
“One of the stewards of our public library system recently shared this editorial from the New York Times (written 20 years ago). It is such a succinct and well stated case, I thought it was worth sharing:
“In the competition for clemency in budgets, the libraries that serve [the city] with food for thought cannot quantify contributions to improving urban life as other departments claim by fighting crime, extinguishing fires, coping with disease and appeasing hunger. The library is about quality of life, that tenuous attribute that marks the difference between the city as a random congregation of masses, and the city as a civilized expression of society.
Is it too much to assume that without a robust public library system, all bets for a civilized society, one for which we would all be proud to inhabit, are off?
Gotta love working here.