Newspaper Editorial: “Dallas City Hall Must Stop Neglect of Libraries”
Dallas City Hall’s neglect of the public libraries is a civic embarrassment.
It’s a wonder that city leaders profess world-class ambitions even as funding for the library system is lower than a decade ago. Hours remain curtailed from the 2008 economic nose dive, and laid-off employees have not been restored.
A healthy library system is not a mere amenity. It’s a foundational piece of a city’s educational picture and a community nerve center.
In the Internet age, the public library is not just a musty book warehouse. It’s a place where a family on a budget can check out DVDs, audiobooks and CDs. Its computer terminals are a vital link for low-income students who need a place to do schoolwork and for job seekers looking to bootstrap themselves up. They are essential places for people to better themselves.
Dallas’ libraries serve as a home base for outside groups to hold ESL, GED and citizenship classes, childhood literacy programs and job-search training. Experts go there to give advice on preparing taxes and nurturing small businesses. Teens have someplace safe to meet.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.