It would be fantastic if libraries had a prominent “share” button in their online catalogs so that I could link to the library’s collection of resources. I like to make recommendations or refer to books and I would prefer to point them to a library book instead of linking to Amazon’s store (granted, out of habit).
I would love to be able to remind people they can get books I am recommending at the library, and not just the store or from a . Libraries are so important to our communities from giving someone without a computer an opportunity to apply for a job online to being able to utilize a librarian trained in the mastery of accurate research.
This is a book that the library has, but yet I linked to Amazon (because I am a jerk). The book is about the mis-perception that America’s justice system is at all fair. Many of the systemic problems we identified and discussed at our Occupy camp in Salt Lake were a result of a broken criminal justice system and organizations like ALEC that ghostwrite much of the legislation introduced by politicians that exacerbates our prison-industrial complex. The Nation has a great series on ALEC’s permeating influence on our government.
The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated.
ALEC will be having their annual conference here in SLC in July. Feel free to join us here in SLC for the festivities! 😉
…but I digress; save the libraries and then read this book:
- Stuntz, William J., The Collapse of American Criminal Justice: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.