Ursula K. Le Guin Fights for the “Extraordinary Generosity” of Libraries

Megan Hartline —  November 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

In addition to writing award-winning paradigm-shifting fiction, co-founding an independent e-book publishing cooperative, and receiving the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, radical sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin is actively supporting library access to ebooks. The distinguished author spoke to American Libraries about her support for supplying ebooks at fair prices to library communities. She talks about the need to change public perception about the library’s capacity to provide ebooks:

Your average library patron is so used to the extraordinary generosity of a library; we all take it for granted. They give us books for nothing!

This perspective just warms a librarian’s heart. It’s so wonderful to hear an a voice advocating for libraries from outside the profession, and this one is a feisty voice. Le Guin says:

I have to admit, maybe I kind of enjoy a bit of a small fight.

Doesn’t that put the library pep back in you? Check out the interview with Le Guin on page 24 of the November/December issue of American Libraries. If you never read any Le Guin, the A.V. Club offers a guide on where to start (The Dispossessedobviously!).

Megan Hartline


Megan Hartline (@awrybrarian on Twitter) is a librarian in Denver, Colorado. In addition to librarianship, Megan's background is in nonprofit leadership. She would love to visit your library to talk about management, workflows, or customer service.

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