Obama – a powerful library champion?
In all the hype surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration last week, not a great deal was said about his stance on libraries. In case you were wondering, a press release from the MLA highlights him as someone who shares their drive and enthusiasm for public libraries. So the man elected to the most powerful office in the world is behind libraries and librarians – which is nice.
In a key speech at a library conference in his home city of Chicago in 2005, Obama described librarians as guardians of truth and knowledge and thanked them for their role as champions of privacy, literacy, independent thinking, and most of all reading.
“I want to work with you to ensure that libraries continue to be sanctuaries of learning, where we are free to read and consider what we please without the fear that Big Brother may be peering over our shoulders to find out what we’re up to,” he said.