Based on a request of a Dutch newspaper I wrote a concise opinion about the importance of libraries
Libraries are vitamin hubs for the mind. As vitamins are vital for the growth, recovery and well-functioning of the body, so are libraries indispensable for self- and social-reliance and -resilience, the ability to contextualize and to give meaning in a changing society. They are gateways to knowledge and imagination and adversaries of modern illiteracy. ‘Literacy is pattern recognition and action’ (David Lankes).
deterioration of the library landscape is alarming. Every authority should
invest in matters that are socially desirable, but (short-term) economically
not profitable. Let’s not forget that a nation that doesn’t teach and
encourages its children to read and to stay literate long-term destroys its own
Please feel free to reflect, react and to share.
Thei Geurts, February 21, 2020