2022 was a banner year for Library Futures. Well into our second year, we’ve reached thousands through our events, talks, research and legal briefs, and advocacy campaigns. Since the beginning, our goal has been to tackle the cutting-edge issues around technology and access in libraries, promoting access to information with an emphasis on equity and fighting corporate enclosure.
In an era of rampant censorship, libraries are more important than ever. Through our work, we are changing the paradigm for information access, building a new kind of activist organization to protect your right to purchase, borrow, lend, and preserve digital materials. Together we can imagine a world in which access to digital content is not restricted or gate kept by large corporations, where everyone has access to materials regardless of their age, their ability, or where they live. The public shouldn’t be on the hook to line the pockets of data analytics and publishing companies: it’s our job to build a better digital world, and we can’t do it without you.
I’ll let our Annual Report and our work speak for itself, with its thoughtful design by independent web developer Hannah McCain. If you attended a webinar, read a report, or participated in a Community Event over the past year, thank you. To our community, our staff, our donors, and especially to our outgoing board members, I extend a special thanks.