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cyree jarelle johnson
I’m a librarian and this is actually the worst fucking idea ever. Libraries by Amazon would eliminate the most important function libraries have—as a socialized daytime service to cash-poor and working class people left behind by digital advances.
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
As they are today, libraries are mostly used by folks who don’t (or who are denied access to) daytime economies, particularly homeless/houseless folks. There is NO WAY that Amazon libraries would continue to serve homeless/houseless people in this way.
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
Libraries also provide a stop-gap for where other social services end. We teach people how to read. We help boomers and early Gen X’ers learn new technologies and digital skills. We teach ESL and train for citizenship exams. We write resumes and cover letters.
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
This contributor doesn’t care about core library users because those ppl are of a class exploited by Amazon, the class if it’s temp worker and factory operators. An upscale Starbucks for rich people isn’t a library, it’s a sanitized bookstore. (Also Amazon Books is just sad)
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @Forbes
should be ashamed to run this sort of content even in Op-Ed because the writer barely understands all the services a modern library provides and thus isn’t qualified to critique. Modern urban libraries are often overused and underfunded, not the other way around.
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Megan Keesling Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
Also caregivers of young children. SAHPs and nannies I saw way more, but of course being one I frequented programs and areas for them. Also students and retirees. Our new one even has puzzle and unique kitchen tool lending.
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @mkees1
That’s definitely true, but to be fair they wouldn’t face the same exclusion from an Amazon owned library as a homeless/houseless person or someone living with addictions unless the person had identity overlaps (homeless parents with children, etc.)
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
The library is also one of the last places that lets people rent computer time for free! So many jobs and schools assume that everyone has a computer at home, and can use a computer without assistance and THATS JUST NOT TRUE!
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Megan Keesling Jul 22
Replying to @cyreejarelle
True. Though I also think I would go less often if I don't intend to buy anything. I feel guilty going to a coffee shop and not buying anything. Which means a lot of those kid programs would be more sparse and those other groups would be more socially isolated.
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @mkees1
Absolutely! Those folks would definitely be affected. I just know that if a chronically homeless/houseless person wanted to use an Amazon library the staff would likely call the cops. Public libraries are one of soo few spaces that happily serve chronically homeless folks.
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🌟PopStar✨ Jul 22
Also if they get rid of Libraries I’d be sad because I plan on majoring in library sciences to become a librarian and if they get rid of local libraries my life plans kinda just fade away sort of
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
being a librarian is great because we're all very welcoming, very smart, and very weird!
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cyree jarelle johnson Jul 22
Replying to @PhilBacharach @Forbes
Seems like we're upset about who has over 14 million followers, so...
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