The Library in Crisis

2001, 46:00 minutes, colour, English/French


The Library in Crisis is a documentary on libraries and bibliocides; literacy and the French Revolution; libraries morphing into centers of E-commerce; the impact of copyright and the digitization of texts; the Khmer
Rouge’s catalogue of death and the World Trade Organization’s concern for democracy.

The interviewees are: Brian Campbell, Past-chair, Canadian Library Association Information Policy
Committee and Founding President, Vancouver Community Network Donald Gutstein, Senior Lecturer, Communication, Simon Fraser University (author, "E.Con, How the Internet Undermines Democracy".
Fred Lerner, author "The Story of Libraries, From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age"
Ian McLachlan, Chair of Cultural Studies, Trent University Manal Stamboulie, Head Librarian, Lakefield College School
Martin Dowding, Assistant Professor, School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia Peter F. McNally, Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University Sumaiya Hamdani, Islamic Historian, George Mason University

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Critical Writing

The War on Libraries: Save and Burn, a Film Review
by Steve Fesenmaier. Counterpunch, Oct. 2, 2005.
Save and Burn a documentary by Julien Samuel: Reviewed by Maja...
by Maja Khankhoje. Serai Magazine, to be published, online, Apr. 11, 2005.
Vinita Ramani and Julien Samuel discuss Save and Burn
by Vinita Ramani and Julien Samuel. 18th Singapore International Film Festival, 2005, Mar. 20, 2005.
Filmmaker pulls work from Quebec festival
by Mathew Hays. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 1, 2002.