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The Demise of the Public Library by tucsonmike on 10 June 2007 10:33pm
 
Linda,
Start with this Google link.
http://www.google.com/search?q=+%22demise+of+the+public+library%22&;hl=en&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS177&start=0&sa=N

A couple of good blogs there and I am planning to post my own answer to this on my blog Wed.
 
Re: The Demise of the Public Library by Ken Dunn on 10 June 2007 10:49pm
 
I don't see the Public Library's demise. I sometimes go in for a specific type of book but after a browse come out with something completely different and more interesting.
Our libraries are used to hold plans for the public to view and having a book with the whole subject/content available in front of you is much handier than being at a computer station clicking a mouse to access one page at a time.
Reading a book doesn't use electricity - unless it's done at night!
 
Re: The Demise of the Public Library by Lounge Trekker on 12 June 2007 2:33am
 
After you big city guys close your public libraries, send the books to us provincials and we'll try to find a building big enough to use them.

Lounge Reader
 
Re: The Demise of the Public Library by geordiegirl on 18 June 2007 11:40pm
 
Ohhh, I couldn't access the links - again. Will try another time. In UK my friends still in the public library world tell me the debate is often "What are public libraries FOR?" - it's a tough balance sometimes between new technology &older readers (like me)who like to borrow books. What do you make of the state of public libraries in your part of the US,Mike? I imagine some states do better than others? We have libraries still in some beautiful old buildings (Dumfries, for example) and they can just about manage the IT now needed.
 
Re: The Demise of the Public Library by tucsonmike on 19 June 2007 6:02am
 
Yes, Linda we have the same debate. What are public libraries really for. I know my local branch library is packed all the time. Many of the local kids though are from families with no computer.

I no longer go to libraries to browse. Unless I am looking for a specific thing, I do not go. Even though my local branch is a ten minute walk. The main library, a bus ride.

I knew where it stood though, when in the report of the Tucson Regional Town Hall, the library was not mentioned once.


 
Re: The Demise of the Public Library by geordiegirl on 19 June 2007 11:50am
 
That's awful about the Town Hall Report,Mike. Here local-government pays lip service to public libraries (while often cutting their services) and for the last few years there have been injections of money, tho' mainly for IT. How does your main public library get its funding? (I will try again Demise of PL on Google direct myself, maybe I'll get it that way.
 



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