The Washington Post published an article on July 7 that addresses the shift from print to digital books in public libraries. The writer interviewed Federation President, Susan Haight. Here is Susan’s quote from the article:
In the District, where the collection of print books has fallen 39?percent since 2009, Susan Haight said she’s found that her generation — she’s 66 — is willing to give e-books a chance.
“Libraries are leading my generation to this stuff,” said Haight, who is president of the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library. “They have a responsibility to do this, and they want to help people with this.”
Where are the books? Libraries under fire as they shift from print to digital.
Washington Post, July 7, 2015 by Michael S. Rosenwald
We just learned that Councilmember Kathy Patterson intends to submit a substitute library bill to the DC Council TODAY. The Bill difers from the one tabled by the Committee on Education, Libraries and recreation in two respects: 1) it requires the D.C. Public Library Board of Library trustees to consider the use of air rights above the new library site as part of the financing for construction and 2) it precludes contracting for the new library until contracts have been issues for construction of the four currently closed branches.
All advocated for library services are urged to consider contacting councilmembers if they have a strong opinion about this legislation and how it may affect the revitalization of our public libraries.
On Friday, October 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm, Councilmember Kathy Patterson, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, will hold a public oversight hearing on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. This meeting has been rescheduled from its’ original date of October 16, 2006. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the feasibility of the Carnegie Library site to serve as the location for a new central library for the District of Columbia . The Committee wishes to examine this option from programmatic, architectural, and financial perspectives. The public hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in the Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should contact Evelyn Bourne-Gould, Legislative Assistant to the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, at 724-8195, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All witnesses will be permitted a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, or to Ms. Phyllis Jones, Secretary to the Council, Room 5 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.