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Amazon a substitute for public libraries? Not on your life

August 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism.

Perhaps you saw this article (which has been taken down): An economics professor wrote on Forbes this past weekend that public libraries should be replaced by Amazon. The sheer idiocy of the idea is obvious, but it gave Amanda Oliver, a librarian, an opportunity to outline succinctly some of the services that Amazon never could, or • Read More »

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Hernando Colón: The man who tried to read everything

May 16, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Hernando Colón (1488-1539), the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus, spent much of his life traveling around Europe — and later America — amassing what was then the largest private library in the world. His goal was to collect all of the knowledge of the world into one place (Seville, Spain, as it turned out) because • Read More »

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