In light of the outcome of the November 2008 Presidental elections, American Libraries Direct issue for 11/5/2008 carried an item by American Libraries Editor Leonard Kniffel.
In his 2005 American Library Association conference speech and in the August 2005 American Libraries article, Barack Obama said, “More than a building that houses books and data, the library represents a window to a larger world, the place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward and the human story forward.”
“That’s what libraries are about. At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross that threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better,” Obama said. “It’s an enormous force for good.”