Libraries: Centralized Ordering
Pam Coughlin writes about libraries and centralized ordering of materials over at Shelf Space, the blog for ForeWord Magazine.
Sometimes, I get a bit disheartened about libraries and books.* Two reasons I went into librarianship: books and information. Silly me; because the current "joke" I hear about and read is a variation of this: "you went into libraries for the books? ha ha ha. It's not about the books." So I wonder, where should I go, where should I work if a library isn't about people coming in and finding the books and information they want and need? (Another version of this: a study shows when people hear libraries, they think books, and the library reaction is "silly people!" when my reaction is "dude, the people are telling you your strength, why not build on that instead of run from it?")
Centralized selection and ordering of materials is often explained with the argument, "it frees up librarians time!" Now, no doubt there is some truth to that; but totally removing librarian input into the process? Not good; especially since I'm not the only one who went into this because of the materials. You're not "freeing my time"; you're taking away one of the things I liked, no, loved, about this job.
Anyway, go read Pam's thoughts on the issue. What do you think?
*Ty, for purposes of this post I include music and DVDs and any materials in "books." OK?