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  •  In our county, the library is popular, (9+ / 0-)

    and whenever I go to the local branch, it is completely packed, despite having a large facility. When the economic downturn happened, conversations with our librarians confirmed that use of the library had soared. I almost never see an idle computer, no matter when I drop by.

    Personal confession: I never used the library before they connected their services to the internet. Now I can't imagine life without it! And I am obviously not alone.

    From my home computer, I can manage my account, place holds for pickup at any branch I choose, pay fines, search the holdings of several counties that coordinate lending, and access electronic media of all types (still exploring this one). I can fill my computer or mobile device of choice with audiobooks, ebooks and such. I am still astonished at finding new benefits and capabilities attached to my library membership nearly every time I log on to the  website.

    I live in a relatively upper middle class area, and the library is valued, supported and used. The staff are exceptionally well-trained and helpful, and obviously appreciated by our community as well. Library funding is popular, despite the usual grousing from the same predictable group. But they are out of luck, because our libraries are popular, and reach every community and demographic in our large county.

    I feel lucky to live in an area where the upward-spiral of good library services, which receive support and then constantly improve, is in place. They are having to cut some hours, but the online library is open 24/7.

    I can't think of a better use of my tax dollars, which saves me incalculable amounts of money, as well as giving me the benefit of librarians' expertise in the new as well as "old" media. I  only wish others had the same.

    Life is a school, Love is the lesson.

    by means are the ends on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 09:43:28 AM PST

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    •  Teh google does not compare to the assistance I (2+ / 0-)
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      receive from an experienced librarian.  I'm all for technology, however, I'm time strapped for research reading.  

      Art, music and books; without them, how do we define a civilized society?

      •  I completely agree. Highly trained (1+ / 0-)
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        and experienced librarians are essential for a good library system, and their help is invaluable.

        And remember, it is the librarians that are setting up,running, and constantly updating  our online as well as physical library system.

        Librarians: smart and hip!

        Life is a school, Love is the lesson.

        by means are the ends on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 07:21:56 PM PST

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