Tuesday, July 12, 2011

That was 2000, this is 2011

The Library Is Closed, but You Can Still Get Books. (The New York Times, 7/9/2011)

Excerpt: At San Jose’s Seven Trees Library, books are coming and going, even though the building is closed.

One of four new or soon-to-be-finished branches of the San Jose Public Library system, Seven Trees was completed last fall. It has new shelves and a technology center — but no staff to run it until the financially pressed city can find a way to pay salaries.

The four libraries amount to 68,000 square feet of library space, the product of a bond measure that passed in 2000 at the height of the Internet bubble. None of the libraries currently have a budget to hire employees.

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