Posted tagged ‘Sarah Houghton-Jan’

Link Day

March 30, 2009

Just a couple links today that I feel the need to share, one good two bad.

Let’s start with the bad.  First up, the Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire (the capital of my home state) has announced that he is considering closing the library completely to help close the city’s budget gap.  Nothing final yet, but there’s something really sad about the prospect of a library-less capital.

Second, in news that isn’t much better the NYPL is looking at a potential 17% budget cut, which would necessitate a loss of 465 jobs and a reduction of hours to an average of 41/week in each location.  To put that in a little perspective, my library is open 63 hours a week, the minium mandated by the state for a library serving a community the size of Pittsfield.  NYC is just a little bit larger than us.

Now to cheer everyone up a little after that, Sarah Houghton-Jan (aka the Librarian In Black) has just put together one of the best presentations I’ve seen in quite a while.  Thus I am now happy to present the 10 Lol Cat Laws of Web Services for Smaller and Underfunded Libraries.

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The Rest of Us

September 9, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan, one of my favorite library bloggers who I haven’t linked to enough, has just posted a nice analysis of the ALA’s public library funding and technology access study.  The report itself is fairly complementary regarding the state of library technology, but Sarah wisely attacks the disparity reported between the urban and rural libraries.  

I hate to belabor a point, but I do hate when the profession ignores the other half of libraries out there.  If all you knew about libraries came from the literature and from conference presentations you’d think that we’re all cutting edge technology buffs.  But the fact is that all but the most fortunate public libraries have to struggle with their budgets in order to keep their technology only mildly obsolete.  It’s nice to hear someone else speak up and point out the obvious, and to take governments to task for not providing all its citizens with equal resources in this regard.  And that goes for training too.  The less fortunate libraries simply do not have the resources to send staff members off to those conferences and workshops so that they can be up on such things.

The entire profession needs to gain some more awareness of where we really stand, and not just continue to plod along in its current state of wishful thinking.  So once again, thank you Sarah for speaking up.