"Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge" [opinion-piece]
Blogpost by Ben Lee in which he argues that: "not only do libraries provide free access to data, but they do so in an environment which is trustworthy and neutral, geared to learning. Access to digital technology increasingly overlaps with access to opportunity and it is important to recognise the role public libraries already play (and have always played) in keeping the gate to knowledge open" and urges sceptics who dismiss public libraries to have regard for their role in providing access to digital and non-digital material.
"Ben Lee works at Shared Intelligence, an independent provider of public policy research and advice. He also runs the National Association for Neighbourhood Management supporting community-led neighbourhood projects. He has worked on a number of arts and cultural research projects including Envisioning the Library of the Future for Arts Council England."