Re: Should a Library be quiet?
posted at 11/16/2011 10:25 AM EST
In Response to Re: Should a Library be quiet?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Should a Library be quiet? : Maybe because you've lost your job and had to cut out internet service, but still need it to search for a new job? Or you're still employed but had to cut out non-essential expenses and cable/internet were less important than, say, food and heat? Or you can't afford $1K for a new computer when your old one dies? I'd assume all of those before thinking someone has something to hide.
Posted by RedFishBlueFish[/QUOTE]
All true, good points. In fact, I have a friend who just moved, and when he did, he cut his ISP to save money. This might seem extreme to some people, but when you are pinching pennies, every penny counts. He has computer usage at school and at his job, and that is enough.
Additionally -- public libraries, let alone academic and corporate, have fee-based services that are intrinsic to your access, that you do not have access to on your home computer. This includes databases such as Nexis / Lexis, ABI/Proquest, Factiva, Hoover's, JSTOR, scholarly journals, the list is endless. These are all licensed resources and cannot be accessed if you log on to the library website remotely.
Of course, you may work for a company or are an employee or student at an academic institution that has all of these expensive access points at your disposal, otherwise, your public library is your entry way to countless resources that are fee-based; therefore, there are lots of reasons people go to the public library and none of them have a thing to do with hiding anything. :)
ETA: It took me several tries to get this to post -- the censorship filter is botched up (again) and would not tell me what word(s) I was using that were supposedly offensive (none of them were, BTW).