Odd title for a blog entry. But, that pretty much sums up the article I just read about the ever changing landscape of libraries. Patron’s needs are being challenged by what libraries are able to provide. As new technologies are released on to the market at a faster pace, the pocket books of municipalities can’t keep up with lingering budgets needed to support these libraries. Even academic libraries are having to find new and more efficient ways to satisfy and increasingly savvy populace that needs to communicate. Is it the politicians or the lack vocal support from citizens so cities and state boards of education can increase the budget of these institutions? The money is an issue, but it may also be the librarian.
As one reader put it, he would be willing to pay more for a library as long as they provided him with sufficient service. Patrons are having a hard time deciphering through all that these search engines such as St Google have to offer. What is credible information? When applying for a job how can I navigate through the process properly? Do I need to have my resume and cover letter ready on the spot or can I come back later? These are all valid question that I myself run across all the time. The librarian can answer all of the previous question. However, they need more than the funding. We do need another hero; The people.