Public Libraries: The Economy Issue

The July/August 2009 issue of Public Libraries (vol 48, no. 4) came this week and it’s full of great ideas and thought-provoking stories.  Get your hands on a copy, if you can.

The Perspectives section, Three Views (p. 8), shares interviews from the Directors of the Joliet (IL) Public Library, Shaker Heights (OH) Public Library and Durham County (NC) Library.  The answers were very similar – people are flocking to public libraries to use computers or just to get out of the house.

So I wondered, how would Kansas librarians answer these questions?

  • What’s the biggest way the economic recession has affected your library?
  • Hoave you had any staffing cuts or reduction in hours?
  • Have you noticed a change in the way patrons are using your library as a result of the recession?
  • Are you offering new programming to help your patrons weather the recession?
  • Have you tried any public awareness campaigns that have worked to bring additional support or revenue to the library?

-Sharon Moreland

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