Of Work and Suff

Here\'s 2 stories sent in by Bob Cox on what\'s doing in American libraries these days.

Libraries Face Staffing Shortages says More than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public, and college and university librarians in the country--about one-fourth of the total--are expected to reach retirement age by 2009, according to the American Library Association.

While NCSU says Twenty-seven library workers, including all six security guards, have received layoff notices. Spending for new books will be slashed.

I keep seeing these two seemingly contradictory stories repeated again and again.