The job losses and pay cuts experienced by many people throughout the country have brought on new roles for librarians. Libraries are no longer just a place to check out books, music, and videos for free. They are a place for the unemployed to go seeking comfort and help during hard times.
An article in The New York Times described the new stresses put on libraries.
Without as much money to spend on leisure, more and more people are turning to the libraries’ free resources and entertainment. Many libraries are seeing as much as 10 to 30 percent increases in patronage, as well as double digit increases in DVD, CD, and audio book circulation. This means that a larger media selection is needed, as well as durable, replacement packaging.
Libraries are serving a whole new crowd of users. There have been 40 million visits to New York libraries over the past year, which is the largest amount ever over 12 months. With the unemployment rate up to 8.5% the highest since November 1983 these people are looking to libraries for job-seeking help.
Many libraries are now offering job-search desks, help writing résumés, and workshops to bring hope to the jobless. Librarians are being trained to help with these specific needs, as well as receive counseling from therapists. They are learning how to deal with the stress of dealing with sometimes very emotional job-seekers. At times, depressed and discouraged people may even try to talk to librarians for emotional support. This can be difficult for librarians. In addition, there has been an increase of theft and violence at libraries has brought the need for added security and support.
More than ever before, people are turning to libraries for entertainment, job-help, and emotional support. People are coming in to write a résumé that may have never used a computer before, or may not know how to read or write in English. Librarians need to be trained, in order to perform these tasks for the new roles in which they are placed. With the added help and support, frustrated job-seekers can be given hope for new possibilities.
Libraries are trying to continue to stay up to date with the current times. With this comes the increasing demand for the new Blu-ray technology format.
Since Blu-ray discs are able to hold 25GB (single layer), rather than just 4.7GB with a standard DVD, it brings major improvements to the image quality, audio quality, and special features.
Blu-ray discs can deliver up to 48MB per second, while DVDs only bring 8MB per second. This is a huge jump for picture quality! It is no doubt that people would prefer to watch Blu-ray movies, if they have the capabilities.
Libraries see this demand and want to meet it to satisfy their customers. As they increase their media collection to include Blu-ray discs, they need authentic, high-quality Blu-ray cases to replace their old ones. These electric blue cases are eye-appealing and are a reminder of the higher quality that comes with the Blu-ray format.
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A recent CNN report highlights that even libraries could be affected by the new CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) legislation.
Libraries are a great resource for children’s books, however, the new CPSIA could end all that. Because libraries lend books to children under the age of 12, it is possible that they are subject to the new CPSIA legislation.
Many older titles coming from publishers that now could be out of business, the burden of testing the books for lead would rest on the shoulders of individual libraries that are already struggling with smaller and smaller budgets. The cost of testing could force libraries to remove untested titles from circulation or perhaps even ban children 12 and younger from libraries.
The American Publishers Association and the American Library Association have urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to modify the legislation or exempt libraries from the legislation.
Publishers of books and audiobooks are doing everything they can to ensure compliance with the legislation for new books. And manufacturers of DVD cases, 3-ring binders, and other replacement packaging used by libraries, like Sunrise, have confirmed their products are CPSIA certified.
On Monday, February 2, 2009, the CPSC published a statement saying they have issued a one-year “Stay of Enforcement” for the Act. This gives the CPSC time to clarify the confusion surrounding the Act. As a result, libraries have more breathing room to understand the Act as it applies to them and to generate protocols for compliance
Regardless of the stay, libraries can rest assured that replacement packaging purchased previously (and in the future) from Sunrise will help them comply with the new legislation without additional strain to already stretched budgets.
More information on the Stay of Enforcement and how libraries could be affected by the CPSIA:
- American Library Association
- Publishers Weekly
- Library Journal