Friday, April 1, 2011

Want ebooks?

A very nice gentleman called me to complain that the library ebook service, Overdrive, did not contain titles representing a certain topic that he was interested in. I explained to him that our library is just starting to build a collection of ebooks and it would take some time to build the collection to a point where it adequately met the needs of the Monroe community. Not to be trite, but this does not happen overnight. The library print collection of over 80,000 books took many years to acquire.

My caller understood, and I offered to include some of his suggested titles in a future ebook order. To my surprise, the next day, he introduced himself at the library circulation desk and handed me a check for $100 for ebooks. "Let's make this the start of a campagin for Monroe residents to help the library get more ebooks", he said. So I am putting out the call for donations: Want ebooks, please donate!

The library's book budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 has been cut by $10,000 (15%). At a time when we should be leaping ahead with the new technologies we are instead forced to go backwards. Please help if you can. For more on the library ebook collection and how to access it from your home computer please come to the Monroe Technology Fair on Saturday, May 21. You are also welcome to inquire at the Reference Desk whenever the library is open.

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