My comment, published in the Elkhart Truth the other day, http://www.etruth.com/Know/News/Story.aspx?id=432343 (free registration may be required.) :
At the Elkhart Public Library, director
"I just can't imagine how we'd get from here to there," Ozinga said of consolidating the districts. "The cost to merge all those different databases and systems would be huge.
So is everybody in the
I do understand the small library’s concerns about the potential loss of service in their communities. I am the Director of the largest of the 6 libraries in
So this is my official announcement that I am neutral on the recommendations of the report. There are some positive things in the recommendations: this proposal would finally address the unserved areas issue, and address the regular accusations regarding non-elected boards with taxing authority.
I would like to see some discussion on this list about the recommendations.
I’ve also seen several statements that smaller communities would end up paying the larger library’s debt service after consolidation. This topic came up at our recent bond hearing in
My comment about probably unattainable refers to my lack of faith that our legislature could or would ever actually implement these recommendations.
So flame me if you wish, but I am dismayed that our profession seems to have immediately acted in opposition to the recommendations.