By: Diane Benjamin
Back when the City Manager did real Monthly Reports, the library traffic was easier to understand. It always included year-to-year comparisons. The summary now doesn’t.
See this graph from October 2015: PDF page 43 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=9452
This is what was reported for October 2017:
- a large number of people are using the computers
- an average of 16 people participated in the 64 programs offered in October 2017
- the number of items borrowed is down
- number of visitors is higher but since items borrowed didn’t increase, they either attended programs, used the computers, or the free Wi-Fi
Before adding on or relocating the library some questions need answered:
- What is the purpose of the library?
- Why does the library provide free meeting rooms?
- Why does the library provide free computers or Wi-Fi?
- Why is the library holding “events” and who is paying for them?
- Why is the library not going more digital?
- What are citizens willing to pay for?
Problems are never solved by government because government employees wouldn’t have jobs if they were. Jobs have to be continually re-defined in order to exist. Those free meeting rooms aren’t really free, the computers aren’t really free, events obviously aren’t free after paying staff.
Because government doesn’t produce revenue, their adventures good or bad are at your expense.
No clear purpose for expanding or moving the library has been given. If the purpose is to hold “events”, the people paying the bills deserve to be told.
If the purpose is to provide “free stuff”, the people paying the bills need to be told that.
If the purpose is to get people downtown, it will fail just like every other scheme fails. Government can not control behavior without force.
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