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September 10, 2020
Publishers Are Taking the Internet to Court
In a lawsuit against the Internet Archive, the largest corporations in publishing want to change what it means to own a book.
January 21, 2020
Trump Leads a Government of, by, and for Bullies
Where are the president and his minions on the empathy scale? Pretty damn low.
May 2, 2019
Social Media Can’t Replace Social Infrastructure
The library, not Facebook, is the primary institution promoting literacy and providing Internet access to those who have no other way to get online.
September 18, 2018
Want to Defend Democracy? Start With Your Public Library.
Public libraries are critical within the public sphere and, when fully supported, represent the best of government at work.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
March 21, 2018
Letters From the April 16, 2018, Issue
Beyond #MeToo… A place to be… After Parkland… A scandal [
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February 23, 2018
Libraries Are a Space Where Everyone Belongs
No wonder the Trump administration is gunning for them.
October 19, 2017
Letters From the November 6, 2017, Issue
Kneeling down, rising up… The wrong idol… False flag… Digital redistricting?… A worthy candidate… From the stacks…
September 28, 2017
How Citizen Action Saved the New York Public Library
Grassroots activists thwarted a costly and destructive renovation scheme—but the NYPL still lacks effective governance.
September 19, 2017
Frederick Wiseman’s World of Institutions
In his 42nd film, the documentarian examines the New York Public Library from both his Olympian and activist perspectives.
February 25, 2016
This Radical Librarian May Soon Run the World’s Largest Library
Dr. Carla Hayden will be the first woman and African American to fill the post—unless
Senate Republicans stand in her way.