[QUOTE=Whappo;2547551]Most libraries I visit have some sort of meeting room available. What I find sad is most now have security officers patrolling the stacks when school lets out and students flock to the library like it’s a rec center and the ubiquitous use of cell phones. Even more discouraging is this trend, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/business/27libraries.html?_r=1.[/QUOTE]
Holy $#!+ dude!
The problem with any privatisation is that they prefer 100% utilisation to maximise profit - there’s a problem. The service can’t cater for maximum demand, it only caters for a demand which is optimised to provide maximum profit for the business.
Eventually, the libraries will be fully privatised because the government will not want to pay for the upkeep … and people will be paying to access basic knowledge.
Quite simply, following privatisation of public schools, libraries and universities, americans will have restricted access to knowledge (based on ability ot pay), and the nation will get dumber … will find it harder to find/create jobs and thereby limiting the potential income for the population and the government.
Does anyone else see the irony in privatising public services?