Monday, March 8, 2010

Starting in a Bind?

Yesterday, David Siders of the Stockton Record published a well-written piece about the new City Librarian (that's me!) for the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. The piece was titled, "Starting in a Bind". The "bind" refers to our current budget concerns which are very real. However, after one week on the job here, I can't help but feel optimistic. Why? Well, the current Library budget is down 20% from last year and staffing at the Library is down 34% in the same period. And that's a reason for optimism, you ask? Of course not. But! I am so, so impressed with the staff here at the Library. The level of enthusiasm and love these folks show for their work is inspiring. Sure these are difficult times financially but, as the old saying goes, "this, to, shall pass". In the meantime, the staff here aren't just going through the motions while hanging their heads low. People are excited about providing wonder library service to their communities. The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library is an exciting place to be right now!


Peter said...

Congratulations. Your blog has been nominated for our Library Blog Awards. In fact, your blog was suggested more than once. We're in the process of assembling information about all those nominated and will be sending a short questionaire, including the categories of awards and the judges involved. Would you please send me your email address so that I can send you the questionaire? If your email is on your blog, I couldn't locate it.

Thanks in advance,
Peter W Tobey

Anonymous said...

I am glad we have someone fighting for our libraries. Please fight hard to keep the Troke library open.
Since the recession hit our area I cannot believe the amount of people using that library. I cannot even find a parking space but that is a great problem to have. Also, seeing the diverse groups in the library from middle class to low income, senior citizens, teachers, children etc. The library is one area of Stockton that income and other culture diversity comes together in a common bond. Leaders of Stockton are always complaining about our lack of education and literacy problems but they want to cut libraries. I do not understand their thought process.

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