|It is at best a mistake and at worse self-destructive|
to under-represent a community’s investment in libraries
according to D.J. Hoek. Image credit: Idyllwild Library
Just how timely? The image appeared within days of my reading Hoek’s essay, thanks to social sharing by an account I follow on Facebook.
Hoek makes an important argument, that libraries are not really “free” -- rather, communities derive tremendous returns upon their great investment.
“ [I]t is at best a mistake and at worst self-destructive to under-represent the considerable ongoing investment that members of a community make to have library collections, technology, personnel, and facilities available to them.” A far better take-home message, according to Hoek, is that libraries are worth “every cent” of their ongoing cost.