Wednesday, January 16, 2008

If I am gone...


My mother writes instructions for when she is gone, I explain to the patrons that I need some good writing about how important libraries are in the institutions to help recruit staff, everyone in some little way is preparing for when they are gone but the need is still there. One of the men says to let the inmates run the libraries, they can do it. And they do it at the camps, whatever library is there is a combination of inmate interest and activity and some staff person that has a key to the room where the library is. It is much better than nothing, but the Washington State Library doesn't give up its collection to the inmates nor Department of Corrections, they try to recruit new staff and run the library well with supervisors opening the doors and shifting staff from other institutions to maintain some service. Still, the library is really closed, there isn't any depth when the institutions were reduced to one FTE per library. As the inmate said "Closed Libraries suck!" with all the anger you don't want to be the focus of...

2 comments:

Thus Spake Ortner said...

I like the book selection sir. In particular, Guns, Germs and Steel and Starship Troopers.

If you liked GGS, I would recommend NetZero which is of a similiar vein, although slightly more erudite.

WmEarl said...

I don't know of a book titled "NetZero" do you have an author?