Since we’re always accused of just complaining about everything and never trying to come up with any solutions, let’s watch what happens when we do have a good idea that will just get completely ignored. And probably immediately. But we’ll try anyway.
This new head librarian they just hired always talks about how she wants to provide Burbank with a grand “21st-century” facility for everyone. Ok, that’s fair enough (even though this usually means getting rid of all the books), so how about this?
Right now if you want to copy something down there for later on you have to buy a copy card to pay for expensive junky copies on their old installed copy machines, the price of which has never gone down since they were first introduced in 1966. Did you know that btw?
But these new type of copy machines they make can do something much different. Besides making copies, library patrons can now alternatively use the machines as simple scanners onto a flash drive that they provide on their own.
The New York Public Library has just introduced this feature into their Rose Room facility on Fifth Avenue, and it’s free (!) No more 20-cents-a-page copy cost when you don’t necessarily need or want a printout. Some universities also allow students to do this.
Great idea, right? And it’s never going to happen here. Right again?
The Bill Blass Catalog Room down there also has brand-new Bang and Olufson computer monitors too; and so yes, maybe we are living in a dream world.
Or, the wrong town.