Letter: Do libraries really need a consultant?
I agree with Emily Miller of Glenwood Springs who wrote in reference to the Garfield County library system hiring JVA Consulting. I have no doubt that JVA is an excellent consulting firm, but do our libraries really need to hire an organization to tell them what to do? Couldn’t that money be better spent on books?
The main purpose of any library is to house collections of books, periodicals and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow or refer to.
As I live in Carbondale, I am only familiar with the Carbondale library. There are, simply stated, not enough books. There aren’t enough new books, fiction and non-fiction, and our stacks are not full. I read a lot and I depend on my local library to have (or obtain) books that I want to read. Many of my reading friends have voiced the same concerns.
Carbondale, as I will never tire of saying, is a wonderful, vibrant community and is unique in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are a creative, engaged, active, thoughtful community. I believe that our library’s collections should reflect all of our unique qualities as should each branch library cater to the requirements of its own community. Carbondale’s needs and interests are different than those of Rifle or Silt. All well-reviewed literary fiction and topical non-fiction must be a paramount part of Carbondale’s collection.
I want to thank Molly and staff for the jobs they are doing. I love walking into our library and seeing many young people there and I love the programs that are offered for both young and old. The library should and can be a community hub and still fulfill its purpose.
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