Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Libraries, SOPA and PIPA - it's about information and power

link to my commentary: Prince Georgian: Prince George's County Libraries, SOPA and PIPA - it's about information and power     

The information infrastructure of the US is degrading; herbaria are underfunded or left un-curated; systematic collections have seen a 50 oer cent or great reduction of professional expert staff with some collections now orphaned.

Everything we need to know is NOT on the internet but in many cases sitting in boxes in libraries with no funds to curate let alone digitize.

Access to scientific peer reviewed papers is becoming unaffordable to the lay person or un-accessible to organizations because of rising costs.

The free flow of information is the bedrock upon which functioning democracies are organized; an informed public is key but the doors to knowledge are being locked.

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. ~Potter Stewart

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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