Shutting down libraries? Why?

shutting down libraries

What if next time it isn’t closed for renovation?

Library users love their libraries. Shutting down libraries seems unthinkable. To library users, anyway. But it’s happening. More than 300 libraries have shut down in the UK over the past six years.

One major library shutdown recently happened in Oregon. Some people think there should be even more library closures. They’re the ones who don’t use libraries and have no idea what they’re for.

Actually, one librarian thinks a few library closures here and there might be good for libraries in the long run. The reasons he gives show what libraries and librarians ought to be doing to prevent any more library shutdowns. Continue reading

More innovative library services

library sign. innovative library servicesTechnological innovation always leads to innovative library services.

Libraries quickly embraced personal computers, for example. Probably any library in the country will help patrons learn to use a computer for the first time. Or help them learn sophisticated software.

Libraries still find new ways to use computers and peripherals to add new services. More recently, the public has become addicted to mobile phones. So, of course, libraries use them, and help patrons use them, too.

Here is the latest in an occasional series of posts about innovative library services. Continue reading

Our ridiculous English spelling

Spelling is hard. ridiculous english spellingRidiculous English spelling confuses everyone. Even dictionaries and language experts get tripped up.

Do you like to eat ghoti? In case you’re wondering what that means, consider

  • gh as in enough
  • o as in women
  • ti as in nation

To spell it a more normal way, fish. Fish and chips is fried ghoti and fried ghoughghteighpteaux. Continue reading

Have we stopped reading? Becoming a post-literate society

National Gaming Day. post-literate society

National Gaming Day at Monterrey Public Library, 2009

Have we become such a post-literate society that it even extends to how we use libraries?

I just read another tiresome puff piece about how the library isn’t obsolete.

This one especially highlights how millennials (people ages 18-35) visit the library more than any other generation.

But do they read? The article gives only passing notice to books. I don’t find “read” or related words anywhere in the article. Continue reading