Monday, October 27, 2008

Some might think

Failure to possess a library card in London is a "disservice" to the community, according to London Free Press Editor-In-Chief Paul Berton who himself has at least made splendid use of the libary's marketing materials (pdf) and wasted no commas or conjunctions in his effort to reproduce them in short form.

Libraries help us learn, engage, discover, connect. Libraries and librarians teach us about proper and effective research, about critical thinking, about the possibilities of resources available to all of us, much of which is not readily available (as some might think) in a bookstore or on the Internet or on television.
On the shortcomings of popular thinking, Berton continues:
Libraries make us literate. And illiteracy in London, as a recent Free Press report showed, is far more prevalent than too many of us think.
It would strike us as odd that illiteracy should be so prevalent given the prevalence of libraries in London these days, but scrutinizing literacy-making claims for a system that has received an average annual budget increase of 4.9 per cent over the past six years is obviously not the kind of exercise in critical thinking that the library board would have in mind for us. Not when a crescendo of commas can make the literate and critical thinking Londoner:
Less illiteracy and more information for everyone makes a community prosperous, progressive, innovative, successful, resourceful, flexible, understanding, caring, co-operative …
For anyone currently doing a disservice to the comma community, however, Berton includes the helpful advice that libraries are "not as mysterious or as intimidating as" … you guessed it … "some might think."

See also:

London Public Library: out of control

The spoiled child

Oh, to be a Library administrator in London in the springtime