New Libraries

Over the break I was chatting with some attendees about the question that Dick just referred to about whether we’re seeing strength in public libraries or whether they’re in trouble. One guy from the U.K. said his impression was that European public libraries are doing pretty well, but since the Outsell statistics were U.S.-centric, that didn’t surface. There are certainly success stories in U.S. public libraries as well as failure stories. George Plosker, in his “Information Strategist” column in ONLINE has been talking about library funding alternatives. The two success stories he’s highlighted are the San Jose and the San Mateo public libraries. The failure story is the Salinas public library. All three are in California.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

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