Dear Commons Community,
This piece was passed on to me by colleague, Jack Hammond, at Hunter College. I join Jack in giving a shout-out for our librarians, past and present, who have helped and continue to help so many of us with our ventures into reading.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader
By COLIN ROBINSON
Published: January 4, 2014
This was especially shocking:
Librarians, described by the novelist Richard Powers as “gas attendant[s] of the mind,” saw a national decrease in their numbers of nearly 100,000 over the two decades to 2009. Two-thirds of public libraries reported flat or decreasing budgets in 2012.