John Pateman explores political neutrality in his latest Open Shelf: Open for All? column, Roads and Fences: the Myth of Public Library Neutrality
The great strength of the public library is that it provides democratic, public space that is open to all. This should never be truer than when people are given the opportunity every four years to have a say in the future of their country, their communities and their public libraries. By staying out of the road and off the fence, public libraries can demonstrate that they are both community-led and needs-based.