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Unfortunately, we librarians have not been all that successful at
convincing people that library services are essential to education.

We here in British Columbia, for example, had a University President who
stated publicly that education should be appropriate to the work being
done.  A waitress, he said, required only a 3rd grade education.  The
implication, of course, being that further education would be a waste.

If politicians are not convinced that libraries are essential BEFORE they
get in office, cuts are inevitable.

I suspect, too, that the appearance of being "free" actually hampers our
cause. That which costs plenty is appreciated more.

Earl Sande
Semi-Retired International School Librarian
10189 133 Street
Surrey, BC

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