How much did the neon "media" signs at the library cost? Who decided to purchase them? How many hours of bar-coding could a worker do for the amount of money the sign cost?
Bruce Flanders, director of the Lawrence Public Library, said the two neon signs, which cost $4,400, were purchased out of private donations. There were no tax monies expended for the creation of the media room, said Flanders, who decided to buy the signs. Flanders said he didn't want to guess how many hours of bar-coding the cost of the sign would equal.
"Our staff has absorbed the bar-coding work into their normal duties. We had numerous individuals from the community who helped with the bar-coding," he said. "I'm extremely pleased with the appearance of the neon signs and feel like they enliven the east entrance of the library and they attract attention to the collection of video and music CDs available for checkout. Lawrence Public Library is not alone in the use of neon signage. Many other public libraries across the country are using neon signs. I think it's great. I think it looks great."