We all know the situation: budgets have been cut everywhere, but the numbers of people needing service are increasing. Over the last couple of years, the amount of items being borrowed from libraries has seen a large increase, while staffing levels have remained stagnant, or in less fortunate communities, cut drastically. Without money, libraries are understaffed. Without staff, libraries cannot provide necessary services. Without services, libraries cannot attract and retain members. Without members, libraries will not be given money. And so the cycle continues.
When libraries are relevant, community thrives.
- How do you use your local library?
- What are your favourite services?
- If you don’t use your local library, why not?
- What’s one thing that would draw you back into the arms of your lovable local library (even if only for the online services)?
Personally, I think libraries have an (undeserved) image problem. So many people still think libraries are places with shushy old woman shuffling around dusty stacks filled with classic literature. Not so, my friend! Libraries are killing it with cool new technology, liberal thinking, innovative programming, and inclusivity.
Help me, internet friends, show our community how they can use the library. Libraries do amazing things with very little money. Let’s put that money and effort to the best use possible. The time is now for ideas. Let’s cut through the outdated image of libraries and reach people who can make great use of this valuable public service.
And now, our favourite library cop, Mr. Bookman: