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What does Lawrence need in a new public library?

One last time. The cities that you are comparing Lawrence to are so much larger in population and need branch libraires. Lawrence does not need a branch or branches. It would be a waste of money and time.

September 22, 2005 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does Lawrence need in a new public library?

It has been three years since I applied at Lawrence Public, but back then they were paying their paraprofessionals (Librarians w/o a Master's degree) in the teen section $6.50/hr. At that time, I believe Topeka Public was starting their paraprofessionals at $12.00. That's almost twice the salary!! That's ridiculous! How is someone supposed to live on $6.50/hr? If Lawrence wants an upstanding library, they're going to have to have respectable pay for their Librarians.

I don't know about you, but I do believe that higher wages would make a difference in attitudes. As well as a new building. I'm not sure how the dress code is at Lawrence Public, but I don't see how that affects service to the public.

September 21, 2005 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does Lawrence need in a new public library?

b_asinbeer - I'm sorry for the wording on my statement about Topeka getting by with one library. I was in a hurry to write my comment. Let me explain.

The estimated population in Topeka for 2002/2003 was 122,103. According to the 2000 census, Lawrence's population was 80,098.

My point was that Topeka has a much larger population to serve and does it very well through one main library, three bookmobiles, home delivery services for disabled patrons and retirement homes, Interlibrary loan, and budgets for the home delivery of books, vhs tapes, and audio tapes/cds for all patrons through the US Mail. I'm not saying that Topeka has the best library in the country. Topeka can't compete with Seattle Public or Fayetteville, but I believe that it has a great working model and one that even Bruce Flanders believes is worth studying.

For those of you wanting books, of course there will be more books when the library is bigger. That's the point of expanding the library. But, if you put in branches, you limit the amount of books in each branch. You'll find yourself frustrated because the new David Sedaris is all checked out at the main branch, but available at the SW branch, so you wind up driving across town to pick up the available copy or placing a hold on it and waiting for three or four librarians to pull the book, transport it to the other branch for you, and notify you that it's available. If you have one branch, you can put all of the money for collection development into one library instead of spreading out your budget to two or more libraries.

September 21, 2005 at 1:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does Lawrence need in a new public library?

Branches are not the answer. Topeka Public opted to not have branches so that they could concentrate on making one awesome library with bookmobiles to act in place of branches. This makes retrieving books for patrons easier and keeps the cost of building maintenance, more employes, splitting up a collection/spending more money on a collection all down low. If Topeka can get by with one main library, so can Lawrence.

Also, the librarians at Lawrence Public need better wages! A branch would mean more employees at a lower salary. Let's have one library with happily paid librarians!

September 21, 2005 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Getting a read on library plans

First, NO STARBUCKS! There's already one a block away from the library. There is no need for another. Coffee shop, yes, Starbucks, NO.

Secondly, I hope that the plans for a new library include a pay raise for the employees. The difference in starting wages between the Lawrence Public Library and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public library is about $4.00/hr for a paraprofessional.

September 21, 2005 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gas topping out around $3

Boycotting gas is unrealistic for me. I commute 60 miles a day.

I'm not all that business savvy, so I'd like to ask some questions. How is boycotting gasoline going to make companies lower prices? In order for this to make any sort of impact, a large amount of people would have to be involved. Also, the companies would lose money, wouldn't they? How would losing money make a company lower their gas prices?

August 31, 2005 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )