Saturday, June 12, 2010

Daily Thoughts 6/12/2010

Poster promoting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four freedoms, showing a globe, two books, and the hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. Pennsylvania Penna Art WPA, created between 1936 and 1941. The four freedoms are freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Daily Thoughts 6/12/2010

Symtio makes a postcard with a picture of a book. On the back is a 16 digit code for digital download. A way to retail ebooks with pictures of them. I wonder if this could be used in libraries with a checkout then an automatic deletion until the next checkout.

I received a copy of Final Exit The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying by Derek Humphrey as a complimentary copy for my library at my home address. This was kind of an odd thing to receive as an unsolicited item. It was rather surprising. The organization which sent it was ERGO on 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, OR 97448. This is the 2010 edition. It is a controversial book both legally and morally. ERGO is Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization.

On another thought, there is an interesting article on conservative values and libraries called On My Mind Our Conservative Values in American Libraries Magazine. . It is a bit surprising. There seems to be an increase in controversy around libraries as bastions of liberal thinking. I don't think of them that way. Libraries are bastions of free thinking which is not necessarily liberal. I think of libraries as a statement against ignorance.

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