Libraries Offer a Model for the Sharing Economy

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“When the term ‘sharing economy’ is heard nowadays, it often conjures up thoughts of apps such as Uber, Lyft, or AirBNB, but such apps are little more than attempts at coopting the branding of the sharing economy while not actually operating on those principles at all. Sharing economies are truly peer-to-peer, whereas these apps act as middlemen between workers and their customers. While there are truly decentralized sharing economy apps such as Cell 411, freecycle, and the like, I’d rather focus on a much simpler and less high tech example that offers a model for the real sharing economy: libraries.” (11/15/21)