Category Archives: Library Funding

Libraries Are Alive!

It’s no secret that I champion libraries.  It’s also no secret that some pundits say that libraries are dying.  So it is gratifying to come across the article Who Says Libraries are Going Extinct? in the Pacific Standard.  While acknowledging … Continue reading

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Preaching Beyond the Choir

In libraries, it is important for us to communicate with, and listen to, the people who use our libraries every day.  Of course it is.  We send them newsletters, we tweet and Facebook with them, we give them bookmarks and … Continue reading

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Heed the Wake Up Call!

I’ve been waiting to write this post until I’ve had a little more time.  Meanwhile, while I’ve been waiting you’ve probably heard or read about the comments from author Terry Deary that libraries are a thing of the past and … Continue reading

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A Case for Taxpayer Support of the Arts

Here is an excellent piece on a case for taxpayer support of the arts. A prevailing viewpoint is that public funds should be dedicated primarily to costs related to the maintenance and improvement of a region’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, … Continue reading

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Library Trustees–an Important Asset

I believe that it is true that members of a public library board, sometimes called trustees, can be the very best tool that library has.  I also believe it is imperative to educate them so that they can be as … Continue reading

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Labor Day Musings

  Labor Day weekend, 2012.  Amid festivities, celebrations, and sentiments, I’m taking time to reflect on the holiday.  All those years that I was working, I confess it was just another day to be glad of the day off with … Continue reading

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Why Support Your Local Library?

A wonderful site called StateStats has created an amazing infographic.  Statistics illustrated include: unemployment rates libraries providing internet access libraries providing help for students decreasing library budgets advantages of free library services and MORE!! Do check it out.

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Can we Save Public Libraries?

  I recently posted about how libraries have changed and improved, and my feeling that although library funding may be threatened in the current economy and political climate, we must not allow them to go backward.   Yesterday I encountered … Continue reading

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Let’s not go Backward)

As I celebrate my 40th high school class reunion, the early 1970s are much on my mind. The public library of my youth, the library I worked at after school and on weekends, has come a long way.  The building … Continue reading

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Recognizing Burnout (and What to Do about it)

The recent American Libraries “Will’s World” column struck a chord with me.  “Your Mileage May Vary” deals, in a facetious way, with the topic he calls “library fatigue,” but more commonly known, I think, as burnout.  Especially among those of … Continue reading

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