Santa Cruz, CA's ten branches got a bit of a shake up this week when it was announced the new fiscally responsible way to run a library is without librarians. A new plan, to be voted on April 4, would have the ten branches of the library system stay open with increased hours but dependent on volunteers to staff. Reference help and other "library" related activities would be remanded to online and telephone help. In a quote to Library Journal, director Teresa Landers had this to say:
"The public's going to have to choose," Landers told LJ. "They can't have it all. What we
heard is, 'we want the doors open.' That's what we're giving them."
Snap! Take that, public! I am not sure how she meant that to come out, but that's all the context you get. I see this as the seen from Network: Her standing on the Circ Desk, pounding her leg with a copy of the Statistical Abstract, yelling, "I'm mad as hell and... where the hell is everybody?" Then three "volunteers" come along and haul her away of the computer lab before the Facebook zombies wake up and demand a Starbucks in the lobby.
Also, just a note: "Santa Cruz" sounds like somewhere Kris Kringle goes to pick up chicks. Just sayin.