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Albuquerque's Community Forum

City Library Bond Election

Started by Abqtina Oct 2, 2011. 0 Replies

Erna Fergusson Renovation

Started by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco. Last reply by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco Aug 31, 2011. 4 Replies

Coming soon: Two big Improvements at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries

Started by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco. Last reply by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco Aug 31, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Stuart Heady on April 20, 2011 at 8:51am

I wonder whether the idea that the library staff needs to be cut isn't due to a persistent lack of vision.


There has to be a future beyond this current recession or any ups and downs that might be experienced in the coming years.  What is that future?


The experience of the past is with the library of the 1950s, the twentieth century library.  This vision is that librarians really don't matter so much anymore and that the relevance of branches is just a way of distributing a book collection and some other service.


The truth is that this is not the future that the library schools are developing.  


It became obvious a long time ago that the library that serves the 21st century community and the Information Age economy was one that provided an intense mixture of professional services and programs.  This vital institution fosters life long learning for all those at all ages who continue to develop new ways of doing things and interacting economically and socially.


This makes the 21st century library a hub that helps generate a more viable culture that is local and at the same time, national and international.  


In the internet era, with knowledge from everywhere and in all forms multipying every day, the work of the librarian has become more that of a teacher whose classroom includes all ages.  The 21st century library is a community asset that provides synergy for the dollars spent in combination with the school system to promote higher literacy rates, high shcool graduate rates and an enrichment for continuing post graduate education.


To fail to see the value in this is to opt to become a city that has withdrawn from the national network of educational resources that could be available.


To cut staff and to fill libraries with non-professionals who are not aware of the whole field of librarianship and where it is going, is to cripple the potential that exists.  The potential for the library system and that of the community.  


To cut staff in the way that has been done since 2000 is to cut Albuquerque off and isolate it.  


My question would be, why this seems to be the situation.  You wold think that the leadership would understand that the Information Age is a different condition from the 20th century economy and that getting there would require careful thinking.  

Comment by Stuart Heady on May 5, 2011 at 9:51am
How come this discussion is so quiet?  Libraries are absolutely central to the future of Albuquerque and the issues go beyond the current budget cutting.  Across the US, the same problem seems to be popping up.  The national organizations which support libraries through in-service training and technical assistance, such as the OCLC, are finding that city councils genuinely seem unable to tell the difference between librarians who are really trained to do what they can do, and just any warm bodies. The problem is countering a lack of awareness that is very widespread and cultural in nature.  Politics follows culture.
Comment by Abqtina on May 30, 2011 at 11:17am

There are now 700 subscribers to the e-mail list at  

The new city budget restored library positions after councilors received e-mails activated though this list. 

Hope to reach 3000 subscribers for future support of library funding and materials bonds.  Please add your e-mail address and let your friends know.


Comment by Stuart Heady on May 30, 2011 at 1:36pm
From a community organizing and marketing standpoint, there are some communication strategies that could bring more people into the fold.
Comment by Abqtina on July 11, 2011 at 3:59pm

You might want to connect to this site and participate in the survey and forum concerning the future of the Library. 

Comment by Abqtina on July 11, 2011 at 4:02pm
There are now 792 subscribers to the e-mail list at  Lets get to 900 this month. Ask your friends and neighbors to sign up.
Comment by Emily on January 6, 2012 at 3:05pm

You mean 1/7?

Comment by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco on January 6, 2012 at 3:58pm

Erna Fergusson reopens tomorrow (1/7/12) at 10 a.m.
Thanks for your patience as we improved the space! 
(Thanks for catching the typo, Emily!) 

Comment by The Public Library ABQ-Bernco on September 28, 2012 at 2:30pm

Trying to get the library website? We're at

Comment by Clifton Chadwick on September 28, 2012 at 5:49pm

Just took the ABC Libraries Survey - LOVES me some Library!


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