Are legislators aware of the services offered by the State Library that supplement what we do? In-services and training of the highest caliber, staff always willing to answer questions, eBook consortium so that we can be up-to-date in offering our patrons freely the newest books in a wide variety of formats, electronic resources that are free to all citizens, free materials and workshops for summer reading programs, interlibrary loan service and much more. Free to us but paid for by the State Library. I am always amazed at what the staff at the state library has managed to do with the limited funds that they have. They are excellent at wisely spending their allotted budget and getting the most bang for the buck for all of South Dakota.
For those of you out there who think that libraries are going to disappear because of eReaders and smart phones, you might want to take a look at your constituents and their needs. Many people in our community, of which I am one, cannot afford internet at home. Some cannot afford computers either. As the federal and state governments continue to push more forms online for convenience and saving of funds (Hmmm), what does that do to the person who has no access? How do people get jobs when they are required to fill out job applications online or fax paperwork? Of course, they come to their local library.
Legislators, please consider the needs of the large community of South Dakota. Yes, we need roads and highways that are maintained, but we also need to maintain and grow our people of all ages. And this needs funding and energetic people appointed to work on the boards of all libraries, including the terrific South Dakota State Library and the public and school libraries that thrive under their expert guidance. Okay, that's my rant for the day..