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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Does NKY Need Public Libraries? NKY Forum Will Seek Answers

Campbell Co. Public Library, Phillip N. Carrico Branch, Fort Thomas (photo via CityBeat)

Our friends over at River City News reported this morning that NKY Forum will open this year's docket with a discussion of public libraries, an already contentious topic across the region.

This discussion will come hot on the heels of a recent court case in Campbell County (and similar cases in Boone and Kenton Counties), which ruled that the Campbell County Public Library has been illegally obtaining tax revenue for the last thirty years.

The panel -- which will consist of the two attorneys involved in the recent lawsuit, Jeff Mando and Brandon Voelker, as well as other regional library administrators and community leaders -- will discuss where public libraries fit into the digital age of the 21st century, as digital and online resources replace some of our traditional reliance on books found on bookshelves. Can a library be replaced by a smartphone? What kind of services should a 21st century public library offer?

The goal of the discussion will be to generate answers to these questions within a public forum.

A crucial point of discussion no doubt will revolve around strategies for funding public libraries.

Have an opinion on this matter? Here's how you can participate:

Take NKY Forum's short online survey.

Attend NKY Forum's discussion:

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Fiscal Court Chambers, Campbell Co. Courthouse, 1098 Monmouth St.

This forum is free and open to the public.

3 comments:

  1. Only in Kentucky would you find a forum questioning the necessity of libraries. Could we get anymore backwoods? Are we still rebuilding from the Civil War? Straight up embarassing for the country's most uneducated state. I would attend the forum and voice my opinion but I think I will go to the library instead and research the sociological and likely biological connection between Kentuckians and the desire to stay dumb and last in everything.

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  2. I think the above commenter may be the uneducated one. No where in the piece did it mention the "necessity" of a library as I think we all can agree that great value comes from these services. It did mention "will discuss where public libraries fit into the digital age of the 21st century, as digital and online resources replace some of our traditional reliance on books found on bookshelves. Can a library be replaced by a smartphone? What kind of services should a 21st century public library offer?". That does not sound to me like the necessity of a public library is coming into question, but rather the current services offered and how they are offered. Maybe you are stuck in rebuilding mode from the Civil War because like it or not, EVERYTHING is going digital including in classrooms across the ENTIRE country,. so yes the old idea of a building full of books is quite out of date. Come, join the 21st century.

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    1. It is hosted, in part, by the two attorneys who brought the lawsuit against the libraries. As an attorney, I can tell you they would not waste their time participating in the forum if it was not to advocate for their client's position -- which is what? -- Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? To shut the libraries down because they are a waste of taxpayer's money. Construing the forum as some sort of intellectual discussion on 21st century library usage is absurd. Get the attorneys out of the room and then I will buy your argument.

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