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Wednesday, 30th June 2010

Fox Chicago News Asks: "Are Libraries Necessary, or a Waste of Tax Money?

That's the headline from Fox Chicago http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/libraries/fox_news_attacks_chicago_libraries__166305.asp?c=rss. Do we need to add more?

The text on the web page is a transcript of the prerecorded portion of the video that can be viewed in the left column.

Apparently, someone from Fox Chicago News (reporter? producer?) spent a one hour with an undercover camera at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago and counted three hundred visitors with many of them using computers to use "the free Internet. That's the reporting.

After the prerecorded video ends it's time for a debate between Denise Zielinski from the DuPage County (suburban Chicago) Library System and Jim Tobin, President of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois.

In a few words, Denise explains that the circulation at libraries is through the roof (as an example, see this post from earlier today) and people use the libraries for many things including assistance finding jobs while Mr. Tobin says that, "the Internet has made libraries pretty much obsolete."

The transcript and video can be found here.

Btw, if you do visit the web page, make sure to read some of the comments. (-:

Source: Fox Chicago News

Hat Tip: GalleyCat

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