New Views on Core Services

So my grandparents are visiting currently and the very first conversation we had regarded libraries.  They come from Broward County, which has the 9th largest library system in the country according to their publicity, and thus have had a few somewhat unrealistic expectations for the libraries out here.  Their main concern is programming, namely that we pretty much have none at my library while theirs has a full time program planner on staff.

I think this is worth pointing out because in their minds programs are a core service for libraries, and this is an expectation that I think more and more patrons are begining to have.  And taking this to the next step, if this is a core service then shouldn’t we be funding it accordingly instead of basing programs entirely off of the scraps of money our Friends group manages to earn?

Of course being realistic there isn’t money there for such a service in most situations, but I’m thinking that we could probably do a better job than we have been of making the case for it.  I’m lucky to live in a city that’s trying to reinvent itself with a culturally based economy so there’s a certain amount of willingness to hear us out on this (that’s partly how we got our Wii), but ultimately we have to plead at the state level for funding, and for that we need some more voices out there.

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