Here’s one of the five questions and answers from the interview.
Question: What’s something people might not know about Indy’s library community?
Answer: “Originally, this library system was a department of the Indianapolis Public Schools. It was merged with the newly created county system in 1968. Now, we are working hard to reconnect with our school systems across the county to serve our students better.”
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A Couple of Comments from infoDOCKET Editor/Founder Gary Price
Once again we read that even after even an interview with the CEO of the wonderful Indianapolis Public Library, a library offering so many services (books, of course BUT SO much more) the intro of the article includes this sentence, “Jackie Nytes is happy to keep her nose in the books and wants others to feel the same.”
While I understand where this comes (we read and hear this type of thing all of the time) it once again illustrates that the library community as a whole needs, including our partners MUST DO a LOT more to demonstrate, explain, etc. that the library and librarian is about books and so much more. Books, of course but also databases, instruction, makerspaces, services for children, literacy work, and more.
At the same time we also must demonstrate that the library building is essential but that many library services are accessible beyond the building, 24x7x365.
In fact, Jackie Nytes makes some of these points in the interview but nevertheless the staff of this and many other media organizations (and often the public) seems to focus on books and only books.