You mean… every male student at SJC?
And pretty much every guy in Austin too.
By the way, DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN IAN H. TRIED TO WOO ME???!!!?
For everyone else: When this guy at my first college found out I was newly single, he spent his entire summer vacation planning on how he was going to capture my heart. He learned calligraphy so he could write me letters. He gave me a fucking orchid (when we lived in a desert) and matching mini zippo & cigarette case with my initials engraved on themfor my birthday.
The best part though: my nickname at school was Kate Allinblack. This guy literally wore all white clothing every single day for an entire school year to “”“complete me”“”
I forgot that 99% of dudes that are into me are pseudo-intellectual bearded white guys who like craft beer. Like, oh hon I’m not going to be impressed with your insistence that coffee should only be drunk black and your love for Bukowski.
“More titles, easier access and quite possibly a saving of public funds. Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?”
Let’s say it all together now….”libraries provide more than just access to books!” I am so tired of seeing a community space reduced to a place to leave books. Amazon can’t replace ESOL classes, early literacy story times, access to public computers and training, nor can it replace a safe space to do any of these things and more. Libraries promote the right to read whatever you want, and while collections are developed, we wouldn’t stop access to books with a publisher we didn’t agree with or remove books from a patrons account like the famous 1984 kindle story awhile back.
And who is going to provide these kindles? Or teach people how to use them? Will items in other languages be provided?
I know the author is most likely not serious, or just playing this from a privileged “I’ve never been in a place in my life where I needed a public library, and we spend money on it and things we spend money on that don’t apply to me make me mad” angle, but this whole thing pisses me off. By all means, continue to develop these programs for those who would like to use them, but don’t assume it us the right fit for everyone. Netflix hasn’t stopped my patrons from checking out tons of movies each week. And I like to think that what I’m able to provide as a librarian isn’t as replaceable as an instruction manual for a new amazon service.
THE BIBLIOTECH http://bexarbibliotech.org/
It’s the first digital library and like all libraries, it offers many amazing services like technology classes for populations that typically have less access. Libraries are important resources for communities. The author should read about the ‘one laptop per child’ program, which was a massive failure, to see why you can’t just throw technology at people to solve problems.
I’m not going to be a librarian, but many people in my program will be, and the idea that a kindle can replace a dedicated, caring person with a master’s degree is pretty insulting.