What they want/What they need

Anonymous Patron writes "R. Crosby Kemper III is the director of the Kansas City (MO) public library sysytem, even though he has no MLS or library experience. What he does have is a cousin who chairs the library board and a very prominent family presence in the area. Kemper until 2005 was the CEO of UMB Bank (cuz is the CEO of another major bank in town). He boasts of a personal library of thousands of books his millionaire corporate friends must be very impressed with.

Now, he seems to want the public library to adopt a similar collection philosophy: "...the goal is to build a collection that is 'excellent and enduring.'

Never mind what regular taxpaying folks want to read.

Libraries ponder a collective dilemma is in Today's The Kansas City Star"

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