One of the librarians of the 2-Year Academic variety passed on the link to Obama's 2005 keynote speech to the American Library Association annual convention, which reads, in part:
"It is a pleasure to address you today because of what libraries represent. More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world - a place where we've always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward.
And at a time when truth and science are constantly being challenged by political agendas and ideologies; a time where so many refuse to teach evolution in our schools, where fake science is used to beat back attempts to curb global warming or fund life-saving research; libraries remind us that truth isn't about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we're the most religious of people, America's innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts.
And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good."
Thanks Robert, for providing the link and the look at President-elect Obama's views on education and libraries! As another colleague said, "I was there and saw him deliver it. I told everyone when I came back that if this man ever ran for president, he had my vote!!!!! :)" Helen
I hope that all will demonstrate patience and hope as this presidency goes forward. Meanwhile, Happy Obama Day, as my daughter Bethany greeted me this morning.