New Yorkers: help defend local libraries at June 8-9's Read In

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8 Responses to “New Yorkers: help defend local libraries at June 8-9's Read In”

  1. Josh Siefer says:

    The library model needs to be updated.  Libraries shouldn’t be closed- they should be re-purposed into business centers / co-working spaces, so that people can meet, and use the information they already have access to (digitally).

    • thatbob says:

      News flash: Libraries do exactly what you say they should, with the added service of providing access to far more content (digital and analog) than you can access online solo.  It is these updated models of libraries which are threatened.  Nobody is going back in time and closing the 19th century’s libraries.

    • Ellen Halliday says:

      Josh, please visit our libraries. Come see the Info Commons at Brooklyn’s Central library, where public meeting rooms, a training lab, and an open workspace, each equipped with
      technology and resources to facilitate individual and group work. Or go to the Business Library, where services and programs that support you as you start up a business, do research
      on your business plan, search for a job, or look for financial information are available. Walk into any library and use the free wi-fi, access our databases or take a computer class and update your 20th century view of what a library is.

  2. naczjd says:

    The libraries could handle some budget cuts just fine.  Most librarians spend most of the day checking their facebook and looking annoyed if you interrupt their facebook checking

    • sparkiy says:

      That sucks, and I wish you had a better experience with better librarians. But with out having even those people, the buildings will close, and then you have no library at all. The proposed budge cuts would require enough layoffs to close over 60 branches.

    • I’m happy to hear you have visited the majority of public libraries and can speak to the temperament and professionalism of ‘most’ librarians.  With all this traveling you obviously have no time to exaggerate.  Still I don’t follow your logic.  If you go to the library you must being finding something of value to you there.  If so, I wonder why you would want to see branches closed, or staff let go.    Also, other people exist, some of whom no doubt enjoy using the library, even despite the ubiquitous annoyed looks you so dread.

  3. anansi133 says:

    In the depths of the Great Depression, not a single public library in America closed its doors.

    http://www.radicalpatron.com/public-libraries-and-the-great-depression/

     I first heard this tidbit  before google was a thing- and now it seems that’s an exaggeration- a few branches *did* close. But the overall trend was more branches, not less.

    http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/state_aid/blog/statistics/what-happened-to-public-libraries-during-the-great-depression/

    http://www.desertsailor.info/libs/Depression/Index.php

    I find it hard to believe that libraries are somehow less important today then they were then, or that depression was somehow not as bad as this one. I am troubled when libraries close for lack of funding, I think we are less resilient today than we were then.

  4. Josh Siefer says:

    @Ellen- No need to change out of Dr. Bruce Banner.  Just having a conversation.

    My question would be why CoWorking spaces have been formed around Brooklyn (as an example)  http://brooklynbased.net/email/2012/05/8-coworking-spaces-in-brooklyn/  … Wouldn’t consumers prefer using a free alternative, such as the library, over a paid one?  …Especially so if it also has all of the advantages that were mentioned (and more).

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