Newspaper Editorial: Albany, GA: “Libraries Still Have Relevancy”
From an Editorial in The Albany Herald:
Citing cuts to the Dougherty library system’s budget for the Fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, the trustees have decided to close the Southside branch on Habersham Road off Oakridge Drive and the Westtown branch on Waddell Avenue.
The two branches will be shuttered on June 30 and six system employees will lose their jobs. Materials in the two facilities will be redistributed to the three surviving branches, Central on North Jackson Street in downtown; Northwest on Dawson Road, and Tallulah Massey on Stratford Drive.
Some argue that libraries are anachronisms in the electronic information age, a holdover from a time when information wasn’t a few keyboard strokes away on a computer hooked up to the Internet. But libraries have done a great deal to stay relevant, providing Wi-Fi service and computers, adding events such as storytimes for children, making available genealogy material, providing research material, providing meeting space for organizations and even lending ebooks.
Libraries also provide access to information that is free — no monthly Internet charges, no download fee for an ebook. Particularly in a time when jobs are scarce and money is tight, libraries continue to provide a needed community service. They provide learning opportunities that are not duplicated anywhere else at a price anyone can afford.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.