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Old 04-27-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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A library location that might not be safe for e-book readers

Libraries are having a tough time these days. People have other ways of getting books, attendance is down, and most importantly the government budgets are really tight when it comes to library funding. So after you've done the fund raising, and belt tightening, and maybe even tried adding to your audio/video collections and community events, what's left to do?

At Wylum library in the UK, they have decided to try a new approach altogether. They have proposed to move the library to the pubs! Yes, you read that right. According to the Hexham Courant, consultants are reported to have suggested "that books could be delivered to pubs and shops as an alternative to keeping Wylam Library open..."

It has caused some outrage, understandably. But my primary concern is whether or not they are creating a "spill-free" zone to keep it safe for e-book reader devices!

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Old 04-27-2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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In my town a lot of the new library buildings that went up in the last decade have big-chain coffee shops in them. I have my own reservations about mixing taxpayer-funded public service organizations with for-profit private business interests, but it is happening anyway.

I guess putting casinos and brothels will follow after alcohol.
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