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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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  • Re:As a librarian.. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by natehoy ( 1608657 ) on Friday March 11, 2011 @10:15AM (#35452308) Journal

    I don't know how things work in Oz, but a lot of libraries in the US have formed "Friends of the Library" groups that manage and help fund things like this (or anything the local government is unwilling or unable to fund). Our local library has one, and it offers things like free passes to local museums and places of interest, kids' art programs, juried art and photography exhibits, teen programs, reading and story times, etc. All run and managed by volunteers, all supported by voluntary membership fees and donations and proceeds from things like sales of community-donated used books and modest entry fees into the art/photography shows.

    The "Friends" are partners with the library, and do the sorts of things that the library lacks a budget and personnel to handle. Everything is paid for by the members of the community who wish to participate, and everything can be enjoyed by everyone whether they pay in or not. Enough people cough up $20 (or in a lot of cases a LOT more) a year that the Friends group in our community is doing quite well, and has programs going on constantly.

  • Re:Yes (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) * on Friday March 11, 2011 @10:31AM (#35452422) Journal

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

    You think efforts like the ones by Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and others to put all the publicly held commons into the hands of the corporate donors is going to stop at public libraries?

    Junior, there's not going to be public anything when these Vandals are done.

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