The Great American Libraries are in crisis.
The National Library of Medicine closed in 2013 and has yet to reopen.
The Smithsonian, founded in 1782, is closed as well.
All three of these institutions have been struggling with budgets.
And yet, these are the same institutions that many of us know, love, and have loved for generations.
They are iconic institutions in the history of our country and the way we experience our world.
But, according to a survey of more than 100 libraries and archives, nearly half of those surveyed said they could no longer afford to support them.
In 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Humanities Research Council estimated that more than 60 percent of all libraries and collections were failing to make the necessary investments to keep up with the rapid growth of digital technologies.
This fall, the American Library Association will hold its annual meeting in San Francisco.
It’s the first of many steps the organization is taking to keep libraries thriving and to ensure that libraries are available to those who need them.
But if libraries are truly in crisis, then why is it that we don’t hear more about it?
Why is it so hard to figure out what is wrong with our libraries?
What can we do about it, and what can we learn from it?
What happens when we shut down libraries?
Library collections are important to people, to cultures, and to our world, and we need to make sure they are preserved.
They provide essential access to knowledge and information, and they provide opportunities to connect people to their community.
But when libraries are no longer viable, it has a profound impact on the people who use them.
When libraries are shut down they shut down the people with whom they work, the people whose voices are important and who make these collections so powerful.
It also has a devastating impact on our communities, where libraries are important hubs for people who live, work, and learn in diverse neighborhoods.
A study published in the journal Public Library Review found that the loss of libraries had a negative effect on community safety and mental health, which can lead to a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Many of the communities in which libraries serve are also the places where libraries grow, expand, and change.
A growing number of cities are planning to close libraries.
This means fewer libraries and fewer places where people can go and meet other people who love reading and learning.
Libraries can be the most important part of communities, but in some communities they have become the most dysfunctional.
The impact on library users is significant.
A recent survey of libraries in North Carolina found that fewer than half of respondents said they use the library more than once a week.
Libraries are vital for many people, but they are often the last place people turn when they need to go out.
The reason that libraries work is because they are a vital and vital part of the American dream.
But that dream can be threatened by the actions of a few individuals.
And when we hear of libraries being shut down and other institutions shutting down, we often don’t think about the people they serve.
We often focus on the numbers of people who might lose access to library services.
And those numbers can’t be compared to the number of people using libraries, who would lose access if the same fate befell other libraries across the country.
Libraries and their collections are an essential part of our lives.
They make us who we are, and provide access to information that helps us to solve problems, create new ones, and share ideas.
But the people of these libraries don’t need to be told how to live, or how to learn.
That’s why libraries are so important.
What if we stopped shutting down libraries, and let libraries do what they are supposed to do?
What if the Library Association and other libraries around the country started to support libraries as a critical service to our communities and the world?
This wouldn’t just be good for libraries, but for libraries across America.
It would be good not just for libraries but for our economy as a whole.
We can do this because libraries are the backbone of our economies.
If libraries are not strong, we’re going to miss opportunities to innovate and create jobs.
In an economic climate that’s increasingly hostile to businesses, we need more of them, and more of the people and communities that rely on libraries to be the backbone and engine of the economy.
And we can do that if we can build the kind of community and institutions that keep our cities vibrant and vibrant and make the nation a better place.
I’m a member of the Library Alliance of North Carolina, which has helped more than 10,000 libraries throughout the state.
I was recently featured in a new documentary, How We Make a Book.
The film tells the story of how the North Carolina Library Association has been instrumental in supporting the development of more libraries in the state and how the library community has contributed to the success of the state’s economy. In