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2013-06-18 12:36:57 PM
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This is our public Library in New Braunfels, TX.

The staff is friendly. The catalog is up to date, The children's section looks like a high end Barnes and Noble.

The place is seriously heaven for me and my 5 year old.

I salute you, NB Public Library. You are everything that is right with government.
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2013-06-18 01:18:02 PM
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pkellmey: Benevolent Misanthrope: lilbjorn: America's Libraries Outnumber McDonald's & Starbucks

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THIS.  Cities are crumbling - basic survival services like police and waste removal are being cut - because lawmakers shunt money into corporate coffers.  So what's more important to keep: firefighters or libraries?

Unless things start to change in the US, libraries will continue to die.  Perhaps the city will have *a* library, but not the branches to serve people where they live nor the money to buy materials that people want or hire people to keep the building open hours that people use it.

Some states are looking at allowing corporations into the library system to try to make them profitable enough to not be closed completely in many areas of the country. Of course, advocates for middle income and below families have issues with this. It will be interesting to see if "public" libraries can even maintain what they have with more people frequently turning to electronic libraries or media and seeing fewer reasons to visit them.


I used to work for LSSI, the for-profit company that does this.  They don't go to library conferences - only City Manager ones.  They claim they can do it better and cheaper - what they do is have a well-known "face" come in as Director, fire everyone, hire 2/3 of them back at lower wages, install a new, unqualified Director, and implement a carefully formed plan to bilk every last dime they can from the city since no one but the librarians know how it's SUPPOSED to run and therefore no one is looking.  There's no accountability, in other words.

Their collection development plan is pure genius, for example.  People outside of libraries have no idea how much money they spend on materials - books, CDs and the like.  The contract states that, if the City doesn't give them a new materials budget by 30 days before end of contract year, they will take the last month, multiply it by 12, and that will be the next year's budget.  LSSI takes a 5% "handling fee" on everything ordered under the materials budget.  So, they do the ordering at year end - tons of it - get a higher book budget, take their 5% off the top, and leverage their agreements with book vendors to order whatever the hell will make them the most profit without regard to what the library actually needs or the user want.  It's a license to print money, really, if there's no one to notice.  And who would?  The Director is their employee, and way out of his or her league usually, unwilling to risk being fired from a job that represented a huge leap for their career.

I won't go into anything that could get me sued under my non-disclosure agreement... but really, when a company gets thrown out of Jersey City for corruption, maybe you should take a closer look before hiring them.

Just sayin'.
2013-06-18 01:17:30 PM
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pkellmey: It will be interesting to see if "public" libraries can even maintain what they have with more people frequently turning to electronic libraries or media and seeing fewer reasons to visit them.


Are there places online where I can borrow any book I want for free?

Also, the library nearest to me is still packed.  People go to do more than borrow books, they also read magazines, take classes, participate in children's reading programs, use the computers, listen to music, or even some low key socializing.  We hold our neighborhood meetings there.
2013-06-18 01:09:20 PM
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At first it just didn't seem like it could be true to me, but then I realized all the little towns in the middle of nowhere at least have a library even if they don't have a stop light or any national stores.

In a place with any sort of population density, no way are there more libraries than McDonalds.
2013-06-18 12:30:59 PM
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scottydoesntknow: Whether or not they're actually being used is another question.

Recently drove down the street where my old neighborhood library was, and they had shut it down. Now it's just a big, red abandoned building with graffiti all over it. I used to do their summer reading program (always read enough books for tickets to Astroworld).

I'm guessing this also included libraries at schools. My college had 5 libraries on campus and only one 2 McDonald's/Starbucks nearby.


Several of my local libraries are simply a large room of computers with homepages pointing to the library online reference site and a few magazine racks with entertainment mags. If you want a paper book, you can order one and they'll ship it from the main library (which has only four computers and a lot of books) across town or the next big city over. Most of the requests appear to be for audio and e-books. There is currently a pretty hefty budget issue in the district which is the reason given for running such a lean library system. Yes, my university had 3 very large libraries on campus, so I also would not be surprised if they accounted for most of the libraries.
2013-06-18 12:30:33 PM
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ModernLuddite: As soon as homeless people can use Starbucks and McDonalds to masturbate and shoot up, libraries are in trouble.


They already do -- that's why a lot of coffee shops / fast food restaurants have locks on their public bathrooms.
2013-06-18 12:25:09 PM
1 votes:
As soon as homeless people can use Starbucks and McDonalds to masturbate and shoot up, libraries are in trouble.
2013-06-18 12:22:14 PM
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2013-06-18 12:08:29 PM
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Whether or not they're actually being used is another question.

Recently drove down the street where my old neighborhood library was, and they had shut it down. Now it's just a big, red abandoned building with graffiti all over it. I used to do their summer reading program (always read enough books for tickets to Astroworld).

I'm guessing this also included libraries at schools. My college had 5 libraries on campus and only one 2 McDonald's/Starbucks nearby.
 
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