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.