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Should Public Libraries Become Hacker Spaces? 164

ptorrone writes "Public libraries — the availability of free education for all — represent the collective commitment of a community to their future. They symbolize what is most important, a commitment to educating the next generation. The role of a public library should also adapt over time, and that time is finally here. It's time to plan how we're going to build the future and what place public libraries have, should have, or won't have. MAKE's latest article encourages everyone to start talking about one of our great resources, the public library, and its future."
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Should Public Libraries Become Hacker Spaces?

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  • Yes (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Junior J. Junior III ( 192702 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @09:15AM (#35451902) Homepage

    Libraries do not have enough legal expenses already, and have ample over-budget to support this initiative.

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @10:14AM (#35452294) Homepage

    That phenomenon is hardly the fault of either homeless or public libraries.

    Yes, homeless hang around libraries. It's a comfortable temperature, there's things to do other than beg for food, there are bathrooms available, and as a member of the public they have every right to be there. And they might well be taking the time to study some new job skills and the like in order to break out of the poverty they're in.

    And from the public library's standpoint, their job is to serve whatever members of the public walk in the front door, whoever they are (provided that they aren't trying to do anything illegal). Those same folks that you'd love to avoid are patrons of the library just like you.

    I also want to make sure that other government agencies don't feel that it's their right to start sending the overflow of what they have to deal with to the maker spaces I enjoy.

    It's public. That means that just because you enjoy those places doesn't mean you have any more right to be there than anyone else.

  • by Monchanger ( 637670 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @12:07PM (#35453392) Journal

    Oh, poor baby. Your opinion was criticized. As were you for blindly agreeing with a sarcastic comment in your need to feel like you're not the only schmuck sharing that opinion. Let's all have a great big cry-fest and apologize for your hurt feelings.

    Fact of the matter is your opinion is wrong. Yes you're entitled to state it.
    "PC" my ass. I explained how it's wrong several days ago. You didn't care to respond, which you're also entitled to do.
    Now you're back here again repeating the "libraries are obsolete" nonsense, despite it being shown to be a useless point of view which you don't bother to actually discuss. That's still legal, but it doesn't make you any less of a nuisance to this community than the common troll.

    So yeah, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this but, these posts of yours are useless. You don't have to censor yourself- just say something interesting on the subject for a change.

"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." -- Butler