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$66,000 new books OC Library

I have a hard time believing OC Library bought $70,000 worth of new books last year. What are your thoughts?
Sarah January 26, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Stop and think who uses the library. All of us who are over 40. These are probably the people who read books. the 20 year olds are busy texting, twittering or using Facebook. The group who play video games aren't going to go to the library. I would hope for the group of us who love to read, that the library has bought some electronic books for those of us who are little more adventuresome. I'm sure there are members of the younger generation who love to read. One of the highlights in my younger life was going to the library with my dad and taking out books to read on MY library card.
vocal local 1 January 28, 2014 at 04:08 AM
Pale Rider, The Federated System was created to pool resources and works very efficiently it would be more convenient and greater access if the local colleges would also join the federated system. Often I and others must still physically travel to and use educational libraries for scientific journal reports. Would be so nice to be able to inter-library loan. Sarah OC Library via a fee to the federated has some e book access free to patrons, check it out if your using a Kindle or I Pad. My concern is preservation of the written word. Have ran into 3 instances where data was omitted, numbers inflated, and inaccurate info. Public Utility Act, Spanish Flu numbers, and AK47 bullet compatibility. Are libraries antiquated? Have our Madison Reps failed us once again in not updating statute law in regard to funding to muni's as related to library services? Maybe, considering we can order on line all we need is a 10 X 12 pick up and drop center not a large expensive empty building. However, as we shift to electronic then should the libraries also provide the equipment necessary for use such as a kindle or I Pad?
vocal local 1 January 28, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Currently, the children's section carries Leap Frog for the children that may be checked out as well as the disk. Public Libraries are basically designed to serve the public; if the library doesn't carry e book reader's are they really performing a service in our electronic information era?
vocal local 1 January 28, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Yes, and the library also has old fashioned desktop computers and WiFi and an old electric typewriter. IF we don't provide the readers aren't we omitting service with provision to "only" those with the other half of the equation?
vocal local 1 January 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Illogical comparison. What your saying is more like allow sale of guns and ban the sale of ammo.
vocal local 1 January 29, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Public libraries have always been funded by govt and if lucky, endowments. By constitutionally protected I assume you refer to Freedom of Information. My position here is: "If one is wise enough to formulate the question they deserve an honest answer and access to information." Here in OC our library budget is $890,030 with $708,820 going directly into employee pockets. Most are HS grads. We now have an information desk not a reference desk. Your right it's a money pit drain on the community but a big financial gain for some that could never earn as much in the private sector.
vocal local 1 January 29, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I most certainly do under the First Amendment of the Constitution. I fully realize there are limitations to access and protection of one's private info and some public documents are sealed by the courts to protect the innocent. However, citizen's do have constitutional protection and rights to info.
vocal local 1 January 29, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Pale Rider, do not expound on constitutional rights and freedom of information. This whole matter with Snowden who I believe is a quality American is muddying the waters. Please stick to the topic: If you use our Library would you believe the library is purchasing 60 and 70 grand a year in new books? Are you finding your favorite author's new releases or a new book with an old copy date?
vocal local 1 January 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Pale Rider, please focus on the topic. I did go to the link you provided but did not read anything in defense of your claim above. You'll have to copy paste if you think I missed your reference.
vocal local 1 January 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Ignorance is bliss. Please post your IQ not your weight.

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