After reading your article that was published on the Forbes website yesterday about why Amazon should replace public libraries, I have a recommendation for you.
Visit your public library.
If you did, you would see how much we still offer. While you’re there, start a conversation with the circulation staff. Take into account though that they are very busy and probably have a large stack of books that need to be processed, because “technology has turned physical books into collector’s items, effectively eliminating the need for library borrowing services.”
Peak inside the conference rooms and tell the people knitting or discussing a book they all read that they could very easily be meeting inside a school auditorium. Go into the storytime room and tell all the mothers with their toddlers that they should be meeting inside a Starbucks.
Stop by the coffee shop that may be in your library. You may not be able to order a venti Unicorn Frappuccino or use your Starbucks rewards card, but you may notice all the people with library cards on their way in or out of the library, books in hand.
If you get the chance, go to a library in a low-income area, and tell all the patrons there that they can save money on their taxes by having to pay directly for all the services they now get for free at their public library.
While you’re there, please talk to a librarian about research techniques, because I fear you did not do your research when writing this article.
There are times when we should value community needs over “stockholder value,” and one of these times is when it comes to knowledge. Information is not a right of the rich. It’s a right of human beings.
I look forward to reading your next article about how Uber should replace bus drivers.