I probably don't talk about it too terribly much around these parts, but I am a librarian. I'm a librarian in a time when a lot of people are making noises about libraries no longer being relevant, or being replaced by Google and its ilk. Now, I don't happen to believe any of that is really true; at least in the community in which I work, the library is still a vibrant, thriving part of the community. But we, too, are facing budget cut-backs, as are all our sibling libraries across the state and the country. And isn't that a foolish thing? In these awful economic times, what is more important than a place open to all, where the unemployed and underprivileged can come and read for free, use the internet to search for a job, or just get in out of the cold for a while?
And a lot of people agree with me. Flickr user and librarian Phil Bradley has reached into the annals of propaganda history and repurposed some kitschy old war-time posters to support the #SaveLibraries Twitter campaign. He has a whole set of them in his 'stream, but I thought I'd post some of the gems here. Please, spread this around if you care about libraries! (And if you don't care about libraries, spread this around anyway!)