June 24, 2009

Ohio — Save Your Libraries

If you live in Ohio, you’re in very real dan­ger of los­ing your pub­lic libraries. You need to con­tact your leg­is­la­tors now to save them or else Gov­er­nor Strickland’s pro­posed bud­get cuts are going to end up shut­ting them down.

Save Ohio’s Libraries
Save Our Library (Colum­bus Library)

Rodman Public Library, Ohio

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5:54 am Comments (6)


    Thank you for post­ing “Save our Library” on your Shifted Librar­ian Blog. Sadly, Ohio Pub­lic, School, and Aca­d­e­mic Libraries are expe­ri­enc­ing a fis­cal crisis.

    Comment by Leta — June 24, 2009 @ 6:03 am

  2. Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for help­ing to high­light this urge need. It really is scary to think that libraries could close. The rally here is incred­i­ble. Let’s all hope it works.

    Comment by Helene — June 24, 2009 @ 7:27 am

  3. Tomor­row (Thurs­day, June 25) a rally to sup­port Ohio’s libraries will be held at the Ohio State­house. For more info, go Helene Blow­ers’ post.

    @Leta good point! Included in the offi­cial sug­gested cuts (pdf) are funds that go to Ohio’s touted con­sor­tium, Ohi­oLINK–a resource that many aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions rely on.

    Comment by Bryan Loar — June 24, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  4. I would be more will­ing to sup­port this if the libraries would put more books out and reduce the amount of multi-media mate­ri­als. Our pub­lic library (Lake­wood) was added onto and com­pletely remod­eled and now there are far less books and book­shelves even though the size of the library more than dou­bled. The new expan­sion is nearly all com­put­ers, quiet rooms and multi-media. I had to have a librar­ian go into stor­age to get two books I wanted and both of them had been pub­lished in the last five years and were both NY Time best sell­ers so it wasn’t like they were some old, obscure tomes. As far as I can see, the biggest impact if they were to close would be that Blockbuster’s busi­ness would prob­a­bly triple.

    Comment by GW Bahrt — June 26, 2009 @ 6:07 am

  5. GW, I can assure you that all librar­i­ans wish we had ade­quate resources for more books, more mul­ti­me­dia, more com­put­ers, more com­mu­nity spaces, more pro­gram­ming, etc. The prob­lem with your approach of “you’re not doing enough of what *I* want” is that there’s no way to bal­ance that with the per­son next to you who’s com­plain­ing the library doesn’t have enough com­put­ers or quiet rooms.

    I would be much hap­pier pay­ing my fed­eral taxes if I knew that none of it had funded the Iraqi inva­sion and war, but life just doesn’t work that way. Com­mu­nity fund­ing will never be that black and white around any issue, let alone libraries.

    So the ques­tion you should really be pon­der­ing is where are you going to get the books the library *does* offer if fund­ing is cut and your library goes away (and let’s not for­get about inter­li­brary loan ser­vice). Because once your library is gone, it’s never com­ing back. Regard­less of who phys­i­cally retrieves the book (you or the librar­ian), do you want to sup­port your library or do you want to be forced to pur­chase those books on your own. Never mind the com­put­ers, com­mu­nity spaces, kids pro­grams, etc. — are you will­ing to risk los­ing the books that *are* there because you’re unhappy there aren’t enough of them?

    Your Block­buster anal­ogy is an inter­est­ing one, because it also applies to books. If Ohio libraries close, book­store busi­ness would prob­a­bly triple. Do you really want com­mer­cial retail­ers whose bot­tom line is profit as your only option for books?

    Since you felt strongly enough to leave a com­ment here, I’m guess­ing not. I really hope you fol­low through on that pas­sion for books and act to help stop these cuts.

    Comment by jenny — June 26, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  6. it never ceases to amaze me how peo­ple will com­plain about a free ser­vice. mind you, those com­plain­ers are often well off enough to be buy­ing their own books and inter­net con­nec­tions at home. it’s the peo­ple who can’t afford these ‘lux­u­ries’ that depend on these ser­vices, and they’re not com­plain­ing. Have you tried look­ing for work, pay­ing your bills, find­ing a new café, or research­ing your assign­ments with­out the inter­net lately?

    Comment by louis — July 5, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

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