Access, enclosure and authority: Ambition Beyond Libraries Being Open

Birmingham Libraries Campaigns @FoLoB_

Katherine Quinn, writing for Slaney StreetShelves argues that library work is fraught with political significance far beyond issues of funding. “Google’s infiltration of the library makes complete sense and is a logical next step for the ailing library; its logic of ranking the information item with the most back-links top in a search result comes from the same logic that says “customer needs” are more important than considered choices. It simply says more is better, and access is freedom, and that is the language of neoliberalism. We need to make it audible that it matters what information we have in the library, and it matters that we are critical in the way we organise and rank it.”

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