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Where Is A Library’s Community? from the Swiss Army Librarian…

Posted by Editor on September 29, 2009

by Brian Herzog

Here’s an interesting situation – so interesting, in fact, that I find my self in agreement with both sides of the issue.

Concord (NH) Public LibraryThe Concord (NH) Public Library found that it couldn’t afford to purchase all the books it wanted. So, it started a program where patrons could purchase and “donate” a copy of a book from the Library’s wish list.

Great idea. They explained the program on their website, set up wish lists on Amazon, and waited for the books to roll in. Good use of Web 2.0-ish technology, right? Patrons could just click and pay for the book, and it would be shipped right to the library. Kudos to the library for being creative and proactive and making it easy for the public to support the library in a very useful way.

But after four weeks, only four of the 30+ books on the wish list were purchased…

For the rest of this interesting story visit:  http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2009/09/29/where-is-a-librarys-community

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