I believe that libraries are little engines of democracy. They are the place that anyone can go and educate themselves.
Half the states in the country have changed their voting laws to make it more difficult to vote, a very large number in a concentrated period.
If you take a mainstream political science definition of democracy, the United States didn’t become a full democracy until 1965 with the Voting Rights Act because it did not have full adult suffrage until 1965.
In today’s roller-coaster technological world, the hackers have gotten more sophisticated using open source software and machine learning algorithms, raising the bar as to how destructive they can be. That’s why Congress is so nervous about the upcoming 2020 elections. Imagine the election impact seeing a video of Donald Trump shooting someone in the street, something he claimed he could do with no recourse during the 2016 election.
At PolitiFact, we are trying to correct the misstated or incorrect facts because if you don’t have accurate facts, any conversation becomes impossible.
Libraries have always been a forum for ideas, a place for people to come and speak. I think that this is where libraries can make a difference. The public not only wants a chance to hear the issues but also the opportunity to deliberate with their fellow citizens on what those issues mean.
So, what do patients do when they can’t get the information that they need? Well, they look elsewhere. The place they look? The library. One study reported that 60% of survey participants stated that libraries were among their preferred sources of health information.
When the local newspaper closed in Weare, New Hampshire, the community lost its local news source. In stepped Mike Sullivan, library director of the Weare Public Library.
If you think that students are proficient in evaluating online information just because they are always on the Internet and social media, you’d be dead wrong.
While it is not a new phenomenon, over the last two years, we have seen a troubling increase in headlines about hate speech or conduct. Here’s a helpful resource for preparing and responding to such conduct.