Our small city has one of the best public libraries I have ever been in.
It is financed by a small tax on the five school districts in the area. The
tax is permanent and does not have to be voted on each year. I have had a
library card since I moved here in 1971. It just built a branch in the
southern part of the city where many new apartments and condos have appeared
over the past few years. And it gets a lot of business. It is open until 9
PM 4 days a week and 9 to 5 on Friday and Saturday. Jack P.
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 6:57 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Net music piracy 'does not harm record sales'
> On 06/04/04, Karl Miller wrote:
> > I cannot help but wonder if libraries make aa mistake by giving away
> > information, as I would suspect, that most people take that which is
> > free, for granted, and don't value it unless it is taken away, or
> > costs them money.
> People like Carnegie were thinking of the poor boy who had to educate
> himself on a tiny budget.
> Even for the not-so-poor, libraries have been a great educator. Who,
> even now, can afford to buy all the books they ought to read?
> One problem for public libraries is that most schools and colleges now
> have adequate libraries, at least for the subjects on the curriculum.
> Also, there are fewer teenagers educating themselves - it has all been
> organised into a system.
> (In developed countries, that is.)
> > Happily there are those that have placed great value
> > on both providing that "free" access and having that "free" access. It
> > seems that our libraries now are the internet, and our libraries are
> > archives.
> The Internet is handy, but the information is all very shallow, more on
> the level of magazine articles than books. Consider biographies of
> musicians, for example.
> Gutenberg is great, but there is no attempt to find good texts, nor any
> notes. They simply point the OCR at a 19th century edition of each book.
> > Yet even on the internet, getting too much of the most valued
> > information, costs money. It just seems to me, that the way libraries
> > operate...I think of how google can catalog the internet, and how much
> > it costs a library to acquire, catalog a book, put it on the shelf and
> > circulate it. Libraries would seem to priced out of the marketplace.
> > Karl (at this point, not feeling particularly optimistic about the
> > long term prognosis for libraries)
> Don Cox
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