Happy Monday all! (Especially now that it is almost over ...) I just wanted to share a couple of interesting informational tidbits.
First, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I've started listening to the Litopia podcasts, and the most recent episode of Open House really caught my attention. Being a UK show, there was much discussion of the widespread closure of UK libraries due to governmental funding shortages. Folks are trying to rally to save them, but it doesn't look good. Here's a link to listen to the episode. (Adult content warning; they use--you guessed it--four letter words! ;)
There are some excellent points made throughout the broadcast, but one thing really stuck out to me: an author was asked by BBC news why she thought we needed libraries. Sadly, the author struggled to give a straightforward answer (most likely due to being shocked at being asked such an idiotic question). With the future of libraries in the US not facing a much brighter future, it made me wonder how I would answer that question, or if I even could in a concise and effective way. I'm talking about an answer that doesn't include the 'warm and fuzzy' or strictly intrinsic/internal value received. Something quantifiable that would get the attention of people who don't use libraries.
So I'll ask you, readers great and small: Why do we need libraries? If I'm ever faced with trying to save my local, I sure want to have a great answer.
The second thing I'd like to bring to your attention is a wonderful networking opportunity. Blogger Rachael Harrie is holding her second annual Platform Building Crusade. Basically, you sign up and get partnered with other bloggers who are taking part in the Crusade. Then you'll blog about similar topics, follow each other, and hopefully expand your readership. It's pretty easy, and I've already gotten a handful of new folks to following and we haven't even started yet!
Rach has some great ideas, and most importantly I think this is going to be a blast. So head on over and get signed up!