chell (Chris Bohling)

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Lawrence Public Library's visitors up significantly since renovation, but checkouts drop

If we put more computers at the community shelter, the same crowd that complains about the library would complain about wasteful spending there.

April 23, 2018 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Public Library's visitors up significantly since renovation, but checkouts drop

We recently sold off the last of the card catalog cabinets on Govdeals (at least from my branch). Can't say I was sad to see them go.

April 23, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Public Library's visitors up significantly since renovation, but checkouts drop

This argument doesn't make sense because they likely had roughly the same number of "transients" in the old library. You wouldn't get a drastic increase in usage between 2012 and 2017 due to that. The main reason it's gone up is because the new library has more usable space and offers more services.

April 23, 2018 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Public Library's visitors up significantly since renovation, but checkouts drop

This argument has a strong ring of "I don't use this thing, therefore nobody must use this thing!"

And yet, the public library is packed to the brim every day with people researching, studying, etc.

April 23, 2018 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Public Library's visitors up significantly since renovation, but checkouts drop

That's not really surprising. I work at KU Libraries and our numbers are showing the same trend. Because of the need for increased user ID validation, getting items from the library will always involve jumping through a few more hoops than, say, Netflix or the Kindle store.

That said, libraries serve a different, arguably more important function: We provide expertise and direction that you can't get from Google. Sure, a search engine is good enough if you're just trying to find the latest Taylor Swift album, but if you're looking for something obscure or hard to find, a librarian is still better than Google's best algorithm.

April 23, 2018 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers looking to name official state rocks, fish

In my limited fishing experience, the true state fish is the snapping turtle

March 13, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Documents in 30-year-old Randy Leach case to stay sealed, judge rules; parents remain in the dark

My guess? One of their own - who may even still be on the payroll.

January 30, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

FCC votes along party lines to repeal 'net neutrality'

The WatchESPN example isn't really that good. What could actually happen now is this: Midco could charge you *by the site*. Want to access Facebook? That's $4.99/month to Midco. Want to access Netflix? That's $10.99/month to Midco on top of your Netflix fee. Want to access berniesanders.com? You can't, because Midco's blocked it because they don't want people to see Bernie Sanders' policy positions.

December 14, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Alabama Senate race: Democrat Jones wins in stunning upset

When you're talking about a person who consistently does and says vile and mean-spirited things like Trump does, the majority of the coverage is going to be negative.

December 13, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Flynn pleads guilty, is cooperating in Trump campaign probe

But where are the Bobs to tell us that this isn't a big deal and/or it's the liberals making a mountain out of a molehill and/or say something about Hillary Clinton that isn't relevant to the Trump-Russia investigation?

December 1, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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