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  •  Yes to the branches (1+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley

    getting hubs.  Our library computers are not swamped.  That was my beef.  We are paying for extra computers getting little usage and people to keep them going.  My disabled niece was sad to see the computer room closed but she only used it in the event she did not have access to her phone with internet.  I want to see the library become the center of access because we constantly have to fight to keep the library.  The r's around here want to ax it to save money.  Presently they want to sell a painting by a famous artist that has been in the library since the early 1900's to get money for the county's general fund.

    And she's good at appearing sane, I just want you to know. Winwood/Capaldi

    by tobendaro on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 05:55:22 AM PST

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    •  Consolidation sounds like the answer then. (1+ / 0-)
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      Putting the computer rooms' gear and personnel into the existing branches may be the best way for Erie. I'm married to a librarian, so access is always my first thought, but if the resources are as likely to be used as otherwise, then it makes sense to concentrate for efficiency. It also has the same advantage I'd implied for the other idea above; the library system gets new (well, fairly new anyway) resources without having to buy them.

      Conservito delenda est pro is deleo orbis terrarum!

      by Stwriley on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:38:55 AM PST

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      •  They're simultaneously trying to (1+ / 0-)
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        shut down branches to save money.

        The way things work in Erie, the only reason the above mentioned low income housing computer program exists is because the guy in charge of it is friends with an elected official, and asked for a job. He probably knows little about computers, and in all likelihood, the repair and maintenance are outsourced to another friend of an elected official.  

        "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

        by CFAmick on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:55:44 AM PST

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