Dumpsters Full of Books
September 10, 2013 5:22 AM Subscribe
Hearing complaints that the Fairfax County Public Library was throwing away tons of books, County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) decided to peer into a Dumpster.
Twice, she found stacks and stacks of high-quality books, bought by the taxpayers, piled in the trash. The second time, she filled a box.
The discarded books have opened a broader discussion about the library’s long-term plan
, which would eliminate the requirement for fully trained librarians, reduce branch staff
and cut the amount of time children’s librarians spend helping families inside their libraries.
Clay, who has been head of the Fairfax library system for 31 years, defended his plan as necessary to deal with declining budgets and to remake libraries in the digital age. The strategic plan lists the first part of its “future direction” as transitioning from “a print environment to a digital environment.”