Saturday, May 24, 2008

CUPE Sponsors Program: "Public libraries are an unarguable social good," at CLA 2008

CUPE, Canada's largest union, proudly sponsored the opening presentation, "Public libraries are an unarguable social good" on May 22, 2008 by Canadian media and publishing expert Rowland Lorimer, Professor of Communications at Simon Fraser University and Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing.

Lorimer spoke about the vital function of public libraries. He noted that the world’s great libraries “were conceived of a common purpose: it was to wrest ideas from the privileged and make them accessible to the wider population ... Like public education, public libraries are an unarguable social good. Both public education and public libraries provide access to the accumulated wisdom and knowledge, not just of a single society, but of the world at large.”

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