The local paper ran a page 3 article on library technologies today, and we were heavily featured. The focus of the article was ‘libraries are hip and tech savvy’ and illustrated how we’re using technology to make libraries convenient. During the interview I gave the reporter our AIM name, hoping to solicit some response but it was not included. I was looking forward to seeing if we got a deluge of IMs had it been in there.
While I appreciate the article and think it is good, it does present a false dichotomy between books and technology. Budgets are tight and choices have to be made, but just because a library chooses to implement a wireless network doesn’t mean that they don’t value books.
We’re lucky to get what I think is a decent amount of coverage in the two local papers. Make friends with some reporters; they can provide effective and free marketing.