Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Library!
October 08, 2010
Since I work at the library, and I'm here the majority of the time, I had to step back and put myself in the shoes of our customers. I wondered if I would continue to use the library as a primary resource, or if I would rely solely on the power of the internet to solve all my information quests? I love the ability to dream from my living room, and pop into any area that the internet can take me. But, I think I love the library more for giving me solid resources that are accessible for free with my library card. The library can vouch that these online resources are relevant, current, reliable, objective, and that the information can be attributed to someone. The library also offers materials that will complement the online resources; travel guidebooks, for instance, in addition to the Global Road Warrior, can add a great deal to your research experience.
Now for general reading, I really appreciate the library. The library gives me access to all the bestselling authors. The library even places these books in a convenient Forthcoming Titles list in the catalog. Sure, I may have to wait my turn, but I don't have to purchase them out of my pocket. I will not have to worry where to put them, and if I don’t care for a particular author, I can just return the book sooner. Speaking of which, I’d better gather some books to return…