LIBRARY STUDY AND CONSENSUS AT APRIL UNITS
Joan Batten, Study Chair
Our existing position is the basis for recent action. Two letters to the editors of the Oregon City Times and Canby Herald have been sent in support of ballot measures for new library facilities in Oregon City and Canby. Our new position should be helpful in the future when action is needed.
Libraries have an economic impact on our communities. Nationally, annual spending for libraries is 14 billion dollars, almost as much as is spent on magazine advertising. U.S. libraries circulate about the same number of items as FedEx ships per day. A quote from Walter Cronkite says, "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
Another quote from U.S. News and World Report in 7/12/99 states "For years it was predicted that libraries would become superfluous - mausoleums for books - when so much is available on-line. Instead, library visits now far exceed annual attendance at sporting events, concerts and museums combined. It turns out that the very electronic revolution that was supposed to make libraries obsolete has made them indispensible."