Popularity proves libraries are loved

Anonymous Patron writes "Remember that column from last week when Jim Trageser seemed to view libraries as archaic institutions in our modern world? Brigid Brett's column says she feels more at home in a library than almost anywhere else in the world.She asks If computers have all the answers, then why did the librarians at the Escondido library answer 269,849 questions from the public in 2004 ---- an increase of more than 7 percent from the year before? This amounts to 94 questions answered every hour."


It should be noted that not everyone has a computer in their home, and of those that do not everyone has a laptop computer that they can take everywhere and utilize a city wide wireless network. Is the network going to be free? If it is free is someone going to provide the citizens with computers so they can take advantage of it? Anyone can use the library, if tax dollars are going to be spent on a wireless network, then everyone should be able to use it. Escondido also has broadband internet providers that may not be happy about city tax dollars being used to compete with their services. The library serves a universal population, and many of the services a library offers are unique, i.e., childrens story hours, cultural programs, and yes, books, media, and a place to read a newspaper.IMHO libraries provide a valuable community service for a very small amount of tax dollars. Escondido is fortunate to have their library facility and its staff. If the citizens want to build a new facility more power to them.

Twice a month pay sucks. I would say biweekly, but that's a term that's open to various interpretations... :D-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

I heard :PI do have email, which I do (mostly) answer.-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

Well, they're trying to hit illegal aliens.Of course they're also going to be hitting anyone who doesn't happen to have a 1996 or later ID card on them, which has implications for ambulances/paramedics, etc, etc. As they are suppossed to ask for ID before providing services.This was a prop written by legislators who were too cowardly to back it in public, and put on the ballot as an 'initiative'. If I have time available, this elecetion cycle or next I'm hoping to write an initiative which will identify these on the ballot, so people will know who's actually written and sponsored the initiatives so it will be apparent that it's people choosing to push their agendas as 'the people's will'.I also believe that this hasn't come into effect because of legal challenges....-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

Hey Ender! You're one of the best reasons to have "anonymous" comments allowed. Good to hear from you.

While it's easy to bash Mr. Trageser, that doesn't mean he's *all* wet.I definitely have issues with his blithe assumption that the internet can easily replace books. Point of fact, very few books are actually *on* the internet, and so far, we've been steadily preventing new ones from getting onto the net. Thank you copyright buzzards.And you can go to the library and get some (if not most) of the most current books available. Try-before-you-by is one of the best things, besides an extensive reference section, that libraries offer.http://paulgraham.com/hs.htmlMentions the problem of finding good books (good essay as well), and that's been a central theme in my time on this ball of rock.The smallest bookstore still contains moreideas of worth than have been presentedin the entire history of television.-- Andrew RossAll of the books in the world contain no moreinformation than is broadcast as video in asingle large American city in a single year.Not all bits have equal value.-- Carl SaganAnd the bits in the library are good bits :)But, point does stand: it is government employees picking information. Right now, we've innoculated them with good values, and pride, etc. However, that is easy to change. Change the selection criteria, and you can have quite different instituions, especially given the average age of library workers, and their average length of stay. What we should be working on is a way to ensure that all parts of the community are reflected in book purchasing and in weeding. I don't know how to make that happen, as it sounds expensive, and politically radioactive....-- Ender, Duke_of_URL

As in American citizens? Or local? Or are they simply referring to illegal aliens as opposed to legal ones?

Only citizens (according to propistion) may use the library here, (which in my humble opinion is a problem).

I know that I love my library on the 15th and 30th of every month.

Illegal is illegal, we don't have unlimited resources and illegals simply put a larger strain on the system then they help. I don't have a problemw ith denying service.

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