So, the services are done. The internment is done. And the most stressful and emotionally draining week ever is done. At least I hope. I know this is going to take time to heal, or at least make the pain in my heart go away, but I need to get back to work, back to life, and back to productivity because that’s what she kept telling us over and over at the end. Don’t be sad for me. Move on. Be happy and celebrate the time we had together. So, I’m going to try, even though I don’t really want to and a life without her seems impossible.
But, this is not that kind of blog, so, back to the library world and being underemployed. Why can’t that change? lol. This morning, PVLD sponsored an “All Librarians Breakfast” at the Miraleste Library and invited all FT and PT librarians, and those library staff who are currently in library school. The purpose was mostly a social mixer – get to know each other, share war stories, remember library school, that kind of thing. Half way through, we introduced ourselves — what was our current job, what school we currently/previously attended, and one question or concern about librarianship today. There were some common themes – the future of e-books, the future of libraries in a digital age, and the digital divide.
Working at PVLD, you have to understand that the community is fairly affluent. Most people have internet access at home, they have access to smart phones and their education levels are quite high. So, when they were talking about the digital divide, they meant the age-gap. The older community who doesn’t have computer access and doesn’t care to have computer access (although I must say that our elderly community are quite computer savvy for the most part), and the Gen Yers who are born with a smart phone in their hand and don’t know what life without the internet is.
The point that wasn’t brought up were the people who don’t have access to either — who can’t afford the internet or a computer at home and that’s the reason they don’t know how to use it. The people who can’t afford a kindle or a nook or an iphone. i guess for PV this isn’t really an issue, but I think that we often need to be reminded that these issues exist for most other libraries. We talk about reaching out to the haves, but is there a way we can also reach out to the have nots? Or, do we not have to worry about them since they’re not our tax payers? Working at Redondo Beach, I hear a lot about making sure our residents have priority of certain things, since its their taxes going to our buildings.
This is kind of like libraries who charge for cards when you don’t live in their city limits. Where do communities stop and begin? City limits? demographic limits? It makes me sad to see the discrepencies in the library world between the haves and the have nots. Especially when I work in 2 very different libraries.