A letter last week referenced a 20-year time frame for e-book impact. Councilor Bonnie Rodden forced a 20-year prediction from the library’s nationally recognized consultant, Nolan Lushington, who said multiple times that he was not comfortable predicting past five years because the impact of e-books is coming that fast.
Forrester Reseaarch (Nov. 8, 2010): “By 2015, the (e-book) industry will have tripled to almost $3 billion, a point at which the (publishing) industry will be forever altered. … And this dramatic reversal will have happened faster in book publishing than in any other media business.”
The library claims it does not meet national library standards. In fact, there are no such standards, as Lushington said. The library’s failure to meet minor state “minimums” is easily remedied, according to consultant Jay Lucker, by adding 3,900 square feet to the south side – a cost-efficient option the library did not explore.
Finally, “Educational Specifications Falmouth Public Schools” (March 17, 2008) states: “Arranging libraries, performing arts spaces, gymnasia, health centers, cafeterias, community education centers, and other multi-use areas to maximize use by students and community.
“The following multi-use areas should be centrally located for several reasons. … Secondly, their central location will allow for public access with the ability to close off the rest of the school.
“Library – should be centrally located, two levels within one library housing primary and intermediate collections … .”
Seems the two-story, state-of-the-art grammar school library was designed for community use after all.
Vote no on Question 1.