This is an older article, but it was recently brought to my attention.
As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet
Where does it end? Must every aspect of the commons be sliced up, sold off, and turned into a profit-making enterprise? (I suppose if
Bain Capital SuperCuts Mitt Romney becomes President – *shudder* – that just might happen.)
Yes, I’m angry. My beloved Jawa Girl is getting her MLIS degree, and I shudder to think that her chosen field is being turned into Just Another Corporate Wasteland by the forces of privatization at L.S.S.I. and elsewhere. We’ve been fighting (and arguably losing) this battle in academia, and I don’t want libraries to fall victim to the scourge of Capitalism Über Alles as well.