Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Gwinnett County PL Board Fires Director, Patrons Enraged

This was a huge deal on the news here last night. I saw pretty long reports on two different newscasts. And yes, one opened with a crack about libraries usually being quiet. I can't find links to video of either report but there are some pictures on the AJC site.

I don't live in that area or know too much about the library system other than Michael Casey (who posted a link to a different news article) works there. But it does seem kinda weird that you can go from being named library of the year to having this situation. Outside of the recent DVD controversy, is there really that much of a disconnect between the services provided by the library system and what the community wants?

6/13 Update:
Video of a WSB-TV news story is now available on AJC.com. You'll (probably) need to register and (definitely) watch an ad before viewing.


At 1:47 PM, Anonymous T Scott said...

Unfortunately, in this case I don't think it's a disconnect from what "the community wants" but from what a very small and very determined group of conservative activists believe is the appropriate role of the library.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger David said...

Yep, that is the impression I got from the news reports about the controversy. It is quite unfortunate that a small group of folks, regardless of that viewpoint, can impose their view on the library system. This is the website for what seems like the group behind the push for change: http://www.gcplwatch.org .

Again, I don't live in that area and don't want to assume too much, but it definitely seems like the board made an odd decision.


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