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Libraries: What we are losing

Posted: November 23, 2010 10:07 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I totally agree with Richard Bussell’s recent letter, “A library critic responds” (Nov. 21), in which he noted that roughly 95 percent of items he checks out of a Santa Clarita library come from other county libraries. For me, it is probably about 4 out of 5.

This is a very important point seldom mentioned and totally ignored by the mayor and three City Council members who voted to take us out of the county library system. We don’t check items out of just a library. We check items out of a library system of more than seven million titles using an integrated database.

Saving money? We don’t need a new building — just a place to pick up and drop off items we have requested on the Internet.

This is what is being taken away from us and replaced with what? We are told we will be able to “access” other city libraries.

Possible fees and restrictions aside, 10 parochial, locally oriented libraries with 10 unique computer systems will not be comparable in quality or quantity to 10 county libraries that are a part of an integrated countywide system.

We probably won’t be able to reverse this puzzling surprise decision, but I hope Santa Clarita library users will remember it in future local elections. I know I will.


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