Great post about why libraries still matter by Carla Harwood (@tribigild) telling the story of public libraries in Ferguson and Baltimore remaining open during the unrest. Carla is my yin/alter ego of sorts since she’s a Brit studying librarianship in the States.
On 14th October 2015, Rutgers School of Communication and Information hosted a colloquium called ‘Troubled Times, Tough Choices: Tales from Ferguson and Baltimore’, with speakers Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, and Scott Bonner, Director of the Ferguson Municipal Library in Ferguson, Missouri. Both of these libraries are located in places where civil unrest has affected their communities within the last eighteen months; both libraries stayed upon for the duration of the unrest. The theme of the talk was the role of public libraries in the realm of social justice.
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