Apr 04 2012

library as business

by at 1:57 pm under library news

Barbara Fister’s recent post on Inside Higher Ed dovetails nicely with the chapter I recently wrote on neoliberalism and information literacy:

“They think of these social institutions like universities and libraries in terms of what customers can get from them, and how they could get it for less. In short, they have no idea of the common good. It’s the logical outcome of the near-religious faith that markets are always right, just like customers.”

This sort of critique is increasingly necessary, as market fundamentalism has become the dominant ideology in most realms, including libraryland.  Just take a look at any column by Steven Bell.  Unfortunately, this critique is often sidelined by libraryland’s interest in navel-gazing and making sure that we all have library tattoos and are represented in Kanye’s posse.

Sigh.

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