Link to September 23 AP article at nj.com, "Debt, changing media habits topple Blockbuster". In other words, libraries had nothing to do with it.
As if we need a reminder that there are still some AV format naysayers out there, sonflwr68 offered this response to the Jersey Journal's 8/26/2010 daily poll: Should municipalities drastically cut library funding in bad economic times?
There has to be controls and measures to ensure library funding is spent wisely. Just because a library has funding doesn't mean they spend it in a way that has a positive impact on society. For example, the Hoboken library offers video games and DVDs. I don't think this is something they should spend money on. This is not to say they don't have other good programs. I think the waste needs to be measured and although with anything improvement is always possible, I think the lack of accountability built into our library governance allows for more than acceptable waste.
Which begs the question: What is 'acceptable waste'?