Daily Archives: June 19, 2013

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A personal visit to The Urbana Free Library: A TTW Guest Post by Warren Cheetham

Yesterday morning (Tues 17th June 2013) I found myself at the Urbana Free Library, which is the focus of a lot of attention in library land at the moment. I count it as a professional privilege to have spent two hours with some of the most inspirational public library staff I have ever met. Here I offer a few observations and opinions based on my visit to the library. I’m travelling through the USA for the next two weeks on a VALA Travel Scholarship, investigating existing and planned projects where fibre-broadband rollouts affect libraries. The twin cities of Champaign and Urbana in Illinois […]

#bookgate FOIA Documents: The Mission of Libraries?

The Smile Politely blog has posted Freedom of Information Act documents related to the Urbana free Library weeding kerfuffle. http://www.smilepolitely.com/splog/foia_documents_from_ufl_staff/ A snippet: “She also reminded me that our mission was no longer lifelong learning.”  I am having trouble processing such a statement.  What will happen next? Also, see: http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/voices_from_urbana_city_council/