In the age of the globalisation of everything – and the privatisation of everything else – libraries can and must change. In fact, it’s already underway, as new technologies take books and libraries to places that are, as yet, unimaginable.
That’s what we’re unpacking today on Essays On Air, where we bring you fascinating long form essays in audio form.
Today, Camilla Nelson, Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Notre Dame, reads her essay, titled Why libraries can and must change.
Nelson takes us from the ancient Library of Alexandria to the New York Public Library and explores the problems that arise when books are excluded, destroyed, censored and forgotten. And, indeed, when libraries are decimated.
Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a podcast from The Conversation.
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Big chain by daveincamas
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Automatic door by Kyodon
Kids Birthday Party Crowd by jakobthiesen
Cardboard burning by Rare Mess Recordings
Plunger-pop by Quistard
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Moderate waves on the edge of a river by Duophonic
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Vacuum cleaner, by InspectorJ
Morning docks by nathanaellentz
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This episode was edited by Jenni Henderson. Illustration by Marcella Cheng.