how libraries became public

Reposted from Inside Higher Ed; photo courtesy of ktbuffy. Of all of our cultural institutions, the public library is remarkable. There are few tax-supported services that are used by people of all ages, classes, races, and religions. I can’t think of any public institutions (except perhaps parks) that are as well-loved and widely used as…

practicing freedom for the post-truth era

This is the text of a talk I gave at the University of New Mexico last week sponsored by the Marjorie Whetstone Ashton endowment and the university library instruction team. Thanks, team! A PDF version can be downloaded from my library’s institutional repository or from Humanities Commons. Abstract: Why do we encourage students to read…