Advocacy, Public Dollars, & Librarian Alter-Egos

Barbara Gordon, LibrarianOn November 2, members of our community will vote on whether the Lawrence Public Library is going to receive an $18 mil. facelift. As the community responds to news articles in the Lawrence Journal World, as well as other local news outlets, it’s pretty fascinating to see the many remaining perceptions about what a public library actually does. Many commenters feel that it’s a waste to spend money on anything other than books, and on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, others feel that books are becoming obsolete and we should be investing in server storage rather than bricks and mortar renovations.  “What about the public access computers, children’s room, and community meeting spaces?” I want to yell!  But yelling probably isn’t a good idea.

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