[Libs-Or] Interesting piece: "I'm sorry, but I can't help you..."

Mike Smith mikesm at ci.hillsboro.or.us
Tue Aug 2 10:27:58 PDT 2011

Good point but the cost of the reader pales compared to the cost of feeding it.
And worse: no library can afford what it cannot buy.  The core problem in this exchange is that publishers may not want to sell e-content to libraries for normal library use, period.
That bodes the end of what we do.
What can we do about that?

Mike Smith, Hillsboro Public

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Bob Jones
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 2:39 PM
To: 'Diedre Conkling'; libs-or; Publib
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Interesting piece: "I'm sorry, but I can't help you..."

Interesting, indeed.  Unfortunately, we have many tiny, grossly underfunded public libraries here in eastern Oregon, who literally cannot afford to purchase even one e-book reader for staff or public use.

Don't believe it?  Peruse the statistics available from the State Library.  You might find it hard to understand how anyone can run a library on such minimal funding.

Even the comparatively well-off libraries in this end of the state are almost poverty-stricken compared with libraries serving similar populations on the west side.

It's not that the residents here are cheapskates.  They simply have much lower average incomes than their counterparts west of the Cascades.

-Bob Jones, MA, MSLS, CAS
Milton-Freewater Public Library
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