Friday, August 24, 2007

The Sweet Smell of eBooks

At least, if you get them from CafeScribe.

Apparently they plan to issue scratch-n-sniff stickers with their eBooks?
Read all about it in Wired Campus.

Also in today's NYT. If you think library fund-raising is bad, at least we're not cleaning bleachers. (At least, I hope you're not having to clean bleachers to keep the doors open!)

And good news for Jackson Conty, OR: looks like the may get to re-open after all. With shorter hours and less qualified staff. Hmm. What I didn't realize, was that Jackson County would be joining a group of libraries already under management by LSSI:

  • Arlington, TN
  • Bee Cave, TX
  • Calabasas, CA
  • Chatham College, PA
  • Collierville, TN
  • Fargo, ND
  • Finney County, KS
  • Germantown, TN
  • Hemet, CA
  • Jackson, TN
  • Lancaster, TX
  • Leander, TX
  • Linden, NJ
  • Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., NY
  • Millington, TN
  • Montgomery College, MD
  • Moorpark, CA
  • Red Oak, TX
  • Redding, CA
  • Riverside County, CA
  • San Juan, TX
Anyone from these places want to comment on your experience?


Anonymous said...

As a librarian in a neighboring town to Leander, TX - what we hear isn't very good. We recently hired a staff member who worked at that location and they are very glad to have moved away. The citizens in Leander - who had an excellent, although very small, library previous to LSSI are finally starting to realize all that they have lost in the transition. We are all watching to see what happens in the next year or two.

Alice said...

Hmmm, sorry to hear this sad news. Let us all hope that LSSI has learned from places like Leander and will provide a higher level of service in Oregon. (And go back and make a renewed commitment in Leander, of course!)

Anonymous said...

Circulating books and having a few storytimes is better than no service at all, I agree, but I'd rather that libraries stay closed than they be run by private companies.

Public services should be publicly funded and publicly accountable.

Running a library system through a private company means no union, no job security, no public hiring process, no knowing how our taxes are spent.

As I understand it, LSSI is offering to charge county about 70% of the the previous library operating budget by keeping libraries open about half of the previous hours. LSSI's proposal would leave Jackson County residents underserved by Oregon State Library benchmarks.

A three-year contract for poor library service can only ruin the possibility of taxpayers approving a library district that would provide the previously excellent level of library service in Jackson County.

Above all, the message that this sends is that libraries are not valuable. We should avoid sending that message at any cost.