SXSW 2024

The Great Library Swindle II: Your Rights Are Still At Risk


Public Libraries are under attack in the United States. At SXSW 2012 ( we warned of the dangers. Today the situation is even worse, with increasing political and economic warfare (including content challenges and defunding of public libraries) threatening the free and open access of information to all. Come to this session to learn how public libraries are community anchors and economic engines and how you can help yours thrive. Now, more than ever, your public library needs you.

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Coverage from the 2012 session (Time Magazine):


  1. Public Libraries remain the only space in the age of information that is open and safe for all people regardless of color, creed, gender, or politics.
  2. Inexplicably, libraries are being attacked by special interests that threaten free access to information for all.
  3. Supporting your local library is simple - your voice and easy actions can ensure the library's role in strengthening your community and local economy.



Carson Block, President, Carson Block Consulting Inc.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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