WE WON! Thanks to your votes, Brooklyn Public Library will receive $250,000 from Partners in Preservation for restoration of our Central Library front doors.
Brooklyn Central Library on winning the crowdsourced $250,000 preservation grant in NYC.
We cannot be a library, so just look at this as a public building with books.
My dad likes to go to the library and he won’t be able to go anymore if it closes.
If you can’t use the internet to do a report or if the internet doesn’t have what you need and there’s no library, how can we do our homework?
Libraries will have to transform into places that help citizens become full-fledged creative members of their communities, both producing and archiving personal stories.
Yes–our residents want eBooks. But does that mean that we trade away our core values and ethics to provide anything, under any terms? Does it mean that we spend our residents’ limited tax dollars on sub-par products with sub-par usage terms and no ownership or longevity guarantees? Or is the fact that people want eBooks from their libraries and we can’t get them going to turn out to be enough reason to stop the madness and engage in a massive national boycott of the societal conflagration that we are faced with for the future of digital information?
So why keep up the ruse that eBooks are in libraries and all is awesome? Why continue the whitewashing? I’m personally done with the whitewashing. I’ll continue to support positive steps toward eBook independence like Open Library, Gluejar, the Hathi Trust, DPLA, and projects like those undertaken at the Douglas County Public Library and Califa. However, I’m finished promoting an inferior eBook product to our patrons. I’m finished throwing good money after bad money. And I’m finished trying to pointlessly advocate for change when change has to come from places waaaaaaay above my influence level or pay grade.