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Computerbrary?

October 4, 2006

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To the editor:

I could not agree less with Mark Hirschey's Take a Stand in which he claims that computers have made book libraries obsolete (Journal-World, Oct. 2). I think people, these days, too often confuse information with wisdom. Admittedly, I'm prejudiced because I built my career and supported my family on skills I learned from reading books borrowed from the public library.

Yes, I do search for facts and data on the computer. I Google regularly.

But when I really want to probe an intelligent mind or master a subject in depth, I turn to books. And I don't want to read them in the glare of the computer screen; my eyes are bad enough already.

Mr. Hirschey said to ask myself, "When was the last time you were at the library?" My answer: three times last month, and Sunday when I crowded into the sale with other book lovers.

My suggestion regarding the downtown library is just the opposite of his, and a lot cheaper. Let's leave the present library just as it is, but take out all the public computers. That will create more space for books and other items, at no cost. Then the city can buy or rent an existing space somewhere else - it doesn't have to be fancy - put the computers there, and call it the Public Computerbrary.

John Clifford,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

Come on, Marion, we all know that very little of what you post has any basis in fact, but just because a couple of developers threw out the figure of $70 million on buliding a new library doesn't mean that the city will or ever planned to spend that much.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 6 months ago

If a new library is the chosen venue please take it to 9th and New Hampshire however without any type of retail establishments. A stand alone library please. Computers replacing books how absurd. The Bush government could have a heyday altering information to its' liking.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 6 months ago

Hi Marion,

Perhaps moving back to Lawrence could keep you more up to date on news. I have no idea what a new library will cost. Initially 17 million comes to mind. Then developers jumped in to surround the library with retail shops and lofts which to my way of thinking is a terrible concept. It's the builders raising the ante not me. A pure and unadulterated public library is all I had in mind.

Apparently the new library in Topeka is attracting young people after school which is a postive note however was not noted in any Journal World publication to date. Since there are so many coffe shops and cafe's nearby most any downtown location in Lawrence I see no reason to have one in house. Also new designs are on the table and will be presented in the future.

The Riverfront location is a traffic nightmare for any volume of traffic at the moment.

Tychoman 8 years, 6 months ago

"LAWRENCE, KANSAS"

Wow thanks for reminding me, Marion, I almost forgot where I'm from or where this newspaper is published.

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