Focus on Relevance: Tell Politicians Why Libraries are Vital

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In this post, Rebecca Miller, editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal, discusses the critical need to help politicians understand that libraries remain relevant and have a critical role to play. She discusses the experience of Kim Wyman, who was elected secretary of state of Washington and shortly thereafter started a “crash course” in libraries that convinced her of their relevance.

Ms. Wyman’s work led her to understand the need to challenge basic—and erroneous—assumptions about libraries and to develop a stronger and more focused vision for libraries, which she has described as a hybrid between digital and brick-and-mortar institutions.

Read more at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/11/opinion/editorial/focus-on-relevance-tell-politicians-why-libraries-are-vital-editorial/.

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