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Libraries in a Time of Crisis: Remaking the Social Compact
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: Libraries; Librarians; Affordable housing; Politics
Author: Howley, Brendan
Date: Apr 2017
Start Page: 12
Pages: 2
Section: THE RAZOR'S EDGE
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Libraries are that common ground. [...]they at once stand apart from their communities-as trusted repositories of a community's past and intellectually honest resources for the community's future-and couldn't be closer to the day-to-day pulse of community life. In 2011, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich noted that the typical American middle class family worked 500 hours per year more than their 1979 counterpart, and yet still-because wages failed to keep pace with productivity-owed their soul to the company store with massive personal debt.

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