The Chicago Public Library has begun a program that will allow patrons to choose the direction of the collection. The program looks to include 13,000 titles over the next few years based on patron requests. The patron requests the item and the item is flagged for purchase.
“In a way, it’s something patrons won’t even know exists,” explained library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer.
Well if they don't know it exists, why tell them? Because its public funds and they have a right to know? Because publicity about a $300,000 cash influx toward anything in Chicago must be met with openness lest we thing the mob has retaken the public library system once again? Because they like shaking their money in the faces, saying to the patrons, "you don't even know what happens when you go online, do you monkey boy?" I like to think all of the above.