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how about consolidating the Libraries in the county tosave money and provide better service?

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Submitted by 3 years ago

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  1. If you take away my local library branch, then take away the property tax millage supporting same...

    3 years ago
  2. Not sharing my local library with the likes of Troy

    3 years ago
  3. This would drastically reduce the fix costs and overhead expenses associated with physical location libraries. The "eLibrary" could be set up so the citizens could download or access books, videos or other resources electronically for the same period of time that the library would normally allow the item to be checked out manually. In addition, instead of having libraries in every city and dealing with the costs associated, the library inventory would be stored on a "cloud" storage system. I strongly suggest gradually reducing actual physical locations of the libraries (buildings) over time and eventually only having possibly 2 physical library locations that could be shared by the whole county.

    3 years ago
    1. Most libraries already have extensive e-services. The County could possibly step in here to support this function and relieve some of the costs to local jurisdictions in setting up their own systems- maybe freeing up cash to pay librarians, heat libraries, and offer services.... this would seem to align with the newly announced "Cloud Computing" initiative.

      The question is, do communities desire a physical library that serves as a gathering place within a short travel distance? The function of a local library in a community goes well beyond book repository; libraries serve as community centers, gathering places, learning centers, study spaces, etc.- they are the heart of a community, a "third place"- somewhere to go other than work, school, or home, a place to bump into friends and neighbors, hang out after school, host a moms group, a book group, story hour, etc.

      The private sector can absorb some of this function, sure. Aftershool kids and moms groups can hang at Starbucks (and can have "free" Wi-Fi too). But an and should Starbucks set up after-school tutoring services, speaker series, educational seminars, teen nights, pre-school story hour, ESL tutoring, etc.?

      Yes, libraries need to get leaner, but retaining them as a physical presence in a community, even if in a leaner form, is critical.

      Where does this proposal leave us in the community? Ordering books from the privacy and isolation of our own home, and "socializing" via the internet. How can we function as a society in this manner?

      I don't think I am alone in saying I would not move to a community that did not strongly support its (physical) local library.

      Yes, a library must be run as lean and efficiently as possible, and the nature of its role may change with time, but it will always be a basic community asset and an indicator of a place with a strong sense of community.

      Conversely, the lack of a public library indicates a weak, isolated, center-less community- not one in which I'd like to live.

      3 years ago
    2. I have never looked at the library as a place to socialize; but a place of resources. Since the community center and the library are serving some of the same benefits to the community, combining the two facilities may be an option to reduce some of the fixed costs. Under the current financial hardships that we are all experiencing, it is necessary to look for cost savings and ways to reduce expenses instead of increasing taxes which cause more hardship. At these trying times, we need to take a step back, reevaluate and reprioritize our “needs” so the basic necessities are being met to serve the community. Police, fire, education and roads should always take priority over non-essentials. With limited resources, some services must be cut; therefore, let it be the non-essentials. Essentials should always come before luxuries.

      3 years ago
    3. There are many people who, 1. Do not have a computer. 2. Have internet access only at work or school (or the library!!) 3. Have a computer and are on a low speed connection. 4. Do not enjoy reading on their computer or other electronic devices. \\

      While some may enjoy looking at their various screens all day, many find it hard on the eyes (for even a short time), and many studies show that comprehension drops greatly for people who read on electronic devices.

      3 years ago
    4. Electronic readers have become popular because eye strain on a computer is an issue. As the demand for ereaders increase, they will become more affordable just like handheld calculators are affordable.

      Library kiosks (Automatic Library Machines) could be set up for people that do not have internet access or a computer. Another option would be to load books on SD drives; less cost and less storage space required. Libraries could be set up like Netflex and mailed to the aging population.

      Borders Books is currently in bankruptcy because they did not respond quickly to the changing times and the public demands, while Barnes and Noble did respond. Changes in technology provide new opportunities for companies that are proactive. Making gradual changes before libraries are closed due to no funding, is smart business. Utilizing the ereader technology would cut costs to the tax payers while still providing services to the public.

      3 years ago
  4. Close most of the library buildings and open up an eLibrary with cloud storage. This would drastically reduce the fix costs and overhead expenses associated with physical location libraries. The "eLibrary" could be set up so the citizens could download or access books, videos or other resources electronically for the same period of time that the library would normally allow the item to be checked out manually. In addition, instead of having libraries in every city and dealing with the costs associated, the library inventory would be stored on a "cloud" storage system. I strongly suggest gradually reducing actual physical locations of the libraries (buildings) over time and eventually only having possibly 2 or 3 actual physical library buildings that would be shared by the whole county. This cost reduction would be passed on to the citizens that pay property taxes and help balance the budget. Can you imagine the amount of money that would be saved! In addition, an eLibrary would allow easier access and better service to the citizens, especially the young and elderly. I hope you take this idea and run with it because everyone benefits and SAVES! This would be a nice benefit to living in Oakland County!

    3 years ago

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  1. The Idea titled Set up eLibraries with Cloud storage. was merged with this Idea
    2 years ago