Thursday, July 30, 2009

Free Library Association?

Perhaps this is just another daydream, but for at least part of the day, it seemed like it made some sense.

I was thinking that, with many libraries sort of insisting on not really being libraries, but rather, entertainment centers and/or, thanks to the American Library Association, soft-core propaganda centers for the American left, a group could be formed with the simple purpose of overcoming (largely through competition) this national embarassment.

The L3C, or low-profit limited liability company may be a vehicle through which competition with government funding libraries could be attempted. L3Cs combine aspects of non-profit and for-profit companies, which may allow for donations along with attempts at multiple revenue streams, the easiest of which to envision is the all pervasive coffee shop + special card which the big box book stores have all implemented.

Of course, the collection would be much different, for a library is about
self improvement through self-directed education. As part of what I think is a self-evident corollary, freedom looms large in the ability to engage in self-directed education.

Anyway, that's what I'm thinking about right now.

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