And what about all the stuff librarians have to teach us about using the net?

Pirate Cinema26 rolled her eyes. “Not so little, mate. She really knows her stuff. Getting
good grades, apparently.”

“Really? I thought you said you were in trouble at school?”

She giggled. “I started checking out library books and bringing ‘em down to the
MP’s surgery, and did all my studying in his waiting room. At first I just did
it to prove a point, but now the library’s only open four days a week, it
worked out to be a brilliant place to get work done. Hardly anyone ever goes
down there. His receptionist kind of adopted me and ticked him off any time he
tried to get me to leave.”

I remembered the heft of her rucksack. “You didn’t bring a load of library
books to London with you?”

She looked horrified. “Of course not. That’d be stealing. My bag’s full of
discards — it’s shocking what they’re getting rid of. No funding, you see.
Taking ‘em off the shelves is cheaper than re-shelving them, so the collections
keep on shrinking. There’s always some gobshite at the council meetings saying,
‘what do we need libraries for if everyone’s got the Internet?’ I keep wanting
to shake them by the hair and shout something like, ‘Everyone except me! And
what about all the stuff librarians have to teach us about using the net?'”

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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