This generation of kids truly are digital natives because they know this shit so well that it's second nature to them.
Also, nothing prevents libraries/community centers/ from lending out cheap e-devices that patrons fill with literature.
Are they closing libraries, or not funding interlibrary loan programs? The article seems to imply the former...
Maybe it's pointless for me to talk about what California libraries should do and not do when my thoughts are heavily colored by living in Sweden and by me being a techie.
By the same logic, only a small percentage of people use buses, compared to owning a car. Surely our societal resources would be best dedicated to the idea of 'transport for everyone' by shutting off all funding to public transport, and instead subsidising luxury SUVs?
Analysis of the data from the 2007 survey pointed to an emerging trend that raised serious concerns for public libraries — patron and community needs for Internet access, training, and services were quickly outpacing the ability of libraries to meet those needs (Bertot, et al., 2008a, 2008b; McClure, et al., 2007). This situation was the result of a confluence of major factors such as public libraries being the only source of free public Internet access in three–quarters of communities;
I think we just envision the role of libraries differently. You seem to see them as service providers, supplying information that would be better off digitized and delivered through private networks. I see them as not only supplying a lot of material not amenable to that treatment but also supplying and even fostering a whole ecosystem of experiences and relationships vital to a community, especially in a democracy.
Tablet PCs are down to $35 and in fifteen years will cost less than your lunch. Meanwhile, mobile broadband is increasing exponentially. So even in very poor neighborhoods we can project that it will be easier to provide universal digital access than to maintain brick-and-mortar repositories for print media.
The social aspect of libraries is important, and replacements should be developed
It doesn't make sense to maintain buildings and staff for the purpose of training people to use the tablet PCs that eliminate the original need for those buildings and staff.
That is a not what the word "library" originally meant and never has been.
I suspect that state budgeteers disagree with that statement. Those who set library budgets define the library functions, not some anonymous user of an obscure web forum.
But somewhere along the line, some misguided dolts decided that Californians shouldn't pay taxes, they made it insanely difficult for the state government to actually levy taxes, and boom - the whole place has been slowly crumbling ever since.
Our property tax - the one that's a steady source of revenue is limited thanks to Prop 13, which allows assessed home value to increase no more than 2% except in the case of a change of ownership or new construction.
running order squabble fest: If I was a poor Californian kid, I would become an expert at Google Scholar.
And that would get you -- what? A few abstracts?
7) The understanding that by downloading the file, even if it exists, it is a most likely a crime, depending on the situation and that the person downloading and whoever owns the computer can be held responsible for that action.
8) The understanding that unless it is a file in the public domain, you have contributed to cheating someone out of part of their living by not purchasing or not using a copy of the intellectual property that was properly acquired.
California is in a permanent budget crisis, due to the previously mentioned Proposition 13. One of its other provisions requires a 2/3 super-majority to pass a budget bill or tax increase. It's the prototype for Grover Norquist's "starve the beast" strategy & makes it incredibly difficult to get the legislature to agree to spend any money at all
Because, you know, poorly-paid police and firefighters with bad retirement and health options are a good thing for a city.
Delmoi, I don't know about the US But in some countries authors are compensated (only a small amount, it's true) based on loans.
There absolutely is a difference -- which is that the library had to buy the book in the first place. And if it's a popular book, they're going to buy a lot of copies.
In bad weather -- hot, cold, or wet -- most of the homeless have nowhere to go but public places. The local shelters push them out onto the streets at six in the morning and, even when the weather is good, they are already lining up by nine, when the library opens, because they want to sit down and recover from the chilly dawn or use the restrooms. Fast-food restaurants, hotel lobbies, office foyers, shopping malls, and other privately owned businesses and properties do not tolerate their presence for long. Public libraries, on the other hand, are open and accessible, tolerant, even inviting and entertaining places for them to seek refuge from a world that will not abide their often disheveled and odorous presentation, their odd and sometimes obnoxious behaviors, and the awkward challenges they present to those who encounter them.
Concrete programs of training and development are needed to sensitize and prepare library staff to identify poor people’s needs and deliver relevant services. And within the American Library Association the coordinating mechanisms of programs and activities dealing with poor people in various divisions, offices, and units should be strengthened, and support for low-income liaison activities should be enhanced.
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