• Public Libraries Show Why Sharin' Culture Should Ne'er Have Been Banned in t'First Place

    by  • January 18, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    FileCopyrightSimpleEnglishWikibookheader.pngYe’ll have a hard time findin' a copyright monopoly maximalist who insists that public libraries should be banned. This would be political suicide; instead, they typically tell lies about why it’s not t'same thin' as online sharin'. Let’s have a look.

    A concept that’s becomin' increasingly useful be “Analog Equi'alent Rights.” Culture an' knowledge should be jus' as a'ailable in ye digital space, as it be in t'analog space. We should enjoy exactly yonder same pri'acy rights an' ci'il liberties online, as we do offline. T' concept be completely reasonable, an' nowhere near rocket science. This be a tremendously useful concept, as it makes lawmakers an' others reflect on thar liberties they be killin' off fer their children, sometimes followed by a mental shock as they realize wha' has been goin' on wi' their silent appro'al. Let’s have a look at how this applies t'public libraries.

    When ye be challengin' a copyright industry lobbyist over t'concept o'public libraries, an' ask them if they be opposed t'people ha'in' access t'such culture an' knowledge without payin', they be smart enough t'not deride public libraries – as this would weaken their political position considerably. Howe'er, online sharin' o'culture an' knowledge be t'Analog Equi'alent Right t'ye public libraries we’ve had fer 150 years. Lobbyists will sometimes try t'change yonder subject around this, or more commonly, lie usin' 'un o'three myths. Here be those myths an' lies, an' why they be untrue:

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    About

    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 travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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