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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Paul Schmelzer interviews Siva Vaidhyanathan in Eyeteeth, April 21, 2003. Excerpt: "Both democracy and creative culture share this notion that they work best when the raw materials are cheap and easy and easily distributed. You can look at any cultural development that’s made a difference in the world —reggae, blues, crocheting— you can look at any of these and say, y’know, it’s really about communities sharing....[L]ibrarians are our heroes. This is something that we really have to emphasize. The library is also not just functionally important to communities all over the world, but a library itself is the embodiment of enlightenment values in all the best sense of that. A library is a temple to the notion that knowledge is not just for the elite and that access should be low cost if not free, that doors should be open." (Thanks to LIS News.)