A #library is a great example of an institution where humans collaborate with each other for motives beyond profit. It is a place where it is easy for everyone to understand how our relationships with strangers can be more than mere commercial transactions.
A library is, in a way, an #anarchist space dedicated to knowledge.
It has rules and we observe them out of respect, not fear.
It has experts whose authority is not arbitrary, but knowledge based.
A library is a sanctuary from capitalism.
@pezmico oh my, this reminds me of when an "entrepreneur guy" on Twitter was like "How about a start up where you pay a certain fee per month and you can borrow books from us!" and all the replies were.... "wow you reinvented libraries but made it bourgeois capitalist “
as a librarian for 20 years, couldn't agree more. unfortunately, libraries are under attack and defunded worldwide. knowledge about how to do real research and think critically is pretty much gone. people have all the information in the world available and choose to be ignorant. it's heartbreaking.
Do you commonly interact, in a library, with other customers of the same library? I typically just go there to choose+fetch material, mostly books.
@dj3ei you're right, that's what we do most often too.
But they have story time for toddlers, and singing on other days. There's also occasional workshops at set times. Our central library also has a maker space and some tools you can use, like a sewing machine and little photography stage.
"It has rules and we observe them out of respect, not fear."
What librarians do you have?
We observe them out of both respect and fear.
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