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Podcast: ‘A Revolutionary Act’: The Power Of A 21st Century Library Card

‘A Revolutionary Act’: The Power Of A 21st Century Library Card

Tracie Hall, incoming executive director at the American Library Association.

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According to a new Gallup poll, Americans visited the library more often than they did the movie theater in 2019. Perhaps more than any other institution, the American Library Association understands why. Since 1876, the world’s oldest and largest library association has been working to provide leadership for the improvement of libraries across the country. Now, it’s getting a new executive director.

Tracie Hall, who will be the first African American woman to lead the Chicago-based organization, stopped by Reset to talk accessibility, activism and the enduring power of information.

On why she wanted the job

Tracie Hall: Everything is leading us back to knowledge and information, how important it is. But I think one of the things that spoke loudest to me at this particular time, … is that I fundamentally believe that access to relevant and dependable information is a human right. And I really see, at this point where we are in history, that public libraries in particular and libraries of all kinds, school libraries, etc., prison libraries are really the bedrock of democracy. So I saw this role as having an opportunity. If libraries have always been on the front lines, I think, of social justice, it was an opportunity for me to be present and to be there and to make sure that I helped to continue and steer that conversation.


Posted on: February 15, 2020, 11:35 am Category: Uncategorized

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