Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 24, 2012

Listen Up!

As reported by American Libraries Magazine, “a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project finds that 12% of readers of ebooks borrowed an ebook from their libraries in the past year, and a majority of respondents (62%) don’t know if their local library provides ebooks. Somewhat startlingly, even 58% of library card holders were unsure if their library offered the service.”

This is Not Good.  Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to have wonderful amazing resources to offer people, and no effective way to tell them about it?!   It is pretty darn frustrating.  Public libraries should not be a collection of “best kept secrets!”

You tell us:  how do we get the word out?  How do we tell a whole community about the many, many really cool resources we have, which, if they knew, would amaze and gladden them?

Do YOU know what your library offers?  Do you tell other people in your circles?  Do you brag how you get e-books and DVDs for free, how you get help with job-hunting, how we help you learn computer skills, how your kids are in the summer reading program?  Speak up for libraries: share the good news.

Frustrated in Burlington,
Mary Beth

P.S.  I mean it: how do we get the word out?  Tell us in the comments.


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