The End of Libraries

From Virtuality, the physical places of libraries have been questioned depending on their profitability, as if they were malls. As of April 30, responding to the new sheets of recruitment of operators, will leave the payroll of Fundalectura, responsible for administering BibloRed, a considerable amount of promoters, auxiliaries and territorial managers.

It is strange and necessary to ask for the reason of being of the public spaces dedicated to the culture, taking into account that they are the subject of the political criteria of allocation of budget or of the priorities of the administrations of turn, with regard to the conception of social and economic well-being. It is certainly strange to defend the existence of spaces such as public libraries, which for a little over 15 years have fostered education and culture, going beyond being memory banks or luxury buildings, where books are preserved and exhibited as in a Mu SEO, to become places dedicated to the appropriation of the written culture, through programs of promotion of reading, arousing concerns in children, young people, adults and elderly people, on the way in which the reality can intervene, to affirm and Transform as a text.

Despite the public character of the library, its functioning depends on private operators that generate conflicts of interest between the two areas, producing contradictions at the organizational level such as reducing the supply of programs and services, as well as Professional Payroll reduction and collections acquisition. Policies that, while responding to district administration guidelines, benefit more from the private sector’s monetary growth than the inclusion of the community in public spaces.

As of April 30, responding to the new sheets of recruitment of operators, will leave the payroll of Fundalectura, responsible for administering BibloRed, a considerable amount of promoters, auxiliaries and territorial managers. Fewer programs, services and some libraries such as sports, located in Teusaquillo, will stop working to move their collections to the Virgilio Barco library. It seems that the district reading plan, reading is flying, would like to leave the libraries in the air.

From vitality, the physical places of libraries have been questioned depending on their profitability, as if they were malls. Also the acquisition of books that do not respond to the loan goals, giving priority to easy and uncomplicated reading texts. The great names of the literature have given way to the youth literature based on films or books whose reference is the cinematographic sagas. They have been giving greater priority to the activities of use of free time than to the development of critical reading. This is not an inconvenience as long as it is not considered that a certain type of reading can affect the conception of the reality that the community has and can question it.

In this way, they proliferate speeches that decree the end of public libraries, denouncing a supposed elitism of their sumptuous spaces. What has served to prioritize non-conventional reading spaces such as parks and market places where there is no account of the conditions of introspection and socialization that implies critical reading. When talking about libraries, it is thought of access to the knowledge of the poorest people as if within their basic necessities there was not access to the history of art and literature, to philosophical thought but to entertainment and play. This is reflected in the emphasis on early childhood programmes and the reduction of academic offerings for young people, adults and seniors. The latter always used wildcard to upload attendance statistics for being the population that has more free time.

Finally, it is not true that what is necessary to access the written culture can be offered from a broadband computer. Virtual spaces need a physical enclave with promoters, mediators and reading animators. The logic of virtual access covers, in its democracy, the absence of criteria for selection and hierarchisation of information. Rather than repairing resources for public libraries and questioning its utility to meet the demands of programs that seek to measure knowledge from quantitative criteria, it is necessary to vindicate the right of the community to have spaces That allow you to ask yourself the questions what to read? And why read? According to your needs and desires.

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