Jo Knowles has an incredible post up about how important it is to support local libraries during harsh economic times. Art Brodsky voices some similar concerns at the Huffington Post. I've been struggling for the right way to express my feelings on this important matter. Having recently left a children's librarian position that I absolutely loved due to looming layoffs in this shaky economic climate for a (hopefully) more stable job across the country has been a recent and extremely personal challenge for me.
I was saddened, but not entirely surprised when a chatty seatmate on my flight to Atlanta learned of my profession and immediately said something to the effect of, "Well, now that we have Kindle, I'm sure libraries everywhere will be going out of business." This is exactly the kind of attitude that needs to change. Technology ≠ the end of libraries. Far from it. Continued advocacy and education are what's needed to turn opinions like hers around. In the meantime, I am rooting for libraries everywhere.