Saturday, June 28, 2014

Community Library as Forerunner and Exemplar in "Sharing Economy"

I've started tutoring one night at Rondo public library in St. Paul. Rondo is a terrific, large library that is buzzing with activity. In my brief time there, I have seen that in addition to tutoring, it hosts ESL lessons, they have a drop-in legal clinic, and all kinds of other community stuff. It seems to be a center of community life and activity that suburban libraries, such as our local R.H. Stafford, however nice, will never be.

I kind of think that the community library was part of the "sharing economy" before that was "a thing".

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  1. If the Library hadn't been invented long before the idea of Intellectual Property, it could not happen today. Imagine, sharing books, and the author doesn't get an extra cent.

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    1. Also - If I "buy" a movie (they also offer rent for the day) from Xfinity, how can I take it with me when I move to an area served by a different cable company?

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