Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 7, 2009 - 9:44am
It seems like 2008 was a hectic year for everyone, librarians included. After going through the most media-saturated election in history and a late-year financial collapse, I think we were all ready for 2009 to get here.
We begin the new year in tough times--there's no question about that. The economic challenges we face are a genuine threat to our ability to do, or in some cases keep our jobs. Funding is falling short across the board. Libraries are closing or cutting back hours. Librarians are struggling to fund adequate technology for their patrons while demand for services going up.
But with all that's happening, its encouraging and heartening to know that people in our profession are pushing forward, as determined as ever to blaze new trails despite whatever temporary obstacles may be present. Read More »