|Summary of Annual Report in 1918|
January 8th, 1919
On Wednesday the 9th, the Salem Public Library Advisory Board will meet at 5:30pm, and if you are interested in a more thoughtful retention and weeding policy, and more generally interested in the uses of a library, consider attending. They meet in the Anderson Room downstairs at the Library.
The City, and perhaps the members also, has kept CATC in a more passive, advisory role generally on parking squabbles. It has seemed to be the most underutilized committee formally constituted by the City. It is reasonable for it to comment and advise on other traffic-related matters and it's good to see it involved in the crosswalk project. Even if it might suffer from autoist bias, it's a way formally for citizens to get involved, and as it expands it range of interest and comment, it might also find its way to greater advocacy for better transportation policy and less autoism.
Postscript on the Library, January 9th
On twitter Salem Reporter suggests there was a full house for the Library board meeting.
Materials the library posted suggest they are willfully misunderstanding the criticism, however.
|Nobody's complaining about this kind of discard!|
And again, on library twitter surrogates or allies have no sympathy for Salemites who have questions, and these surrogates seem also to want to misunderstand the criticism as if it was about weeding in general. But they also seem to confirm that there is underway a large-scale shift in collection and in mission.
|Hacker is probably Oregon's finest firm for Library Architecture!|
As I've said before, if Brad Cloepfil is the Pietro Belluschi of our era, the famous name and big talent, then [Thomas] Hacker is A.E. Doyle, the older master who's more quietly creating one dignified, enduring Portland mini-landmark after another.And in a 2015 retrospective Libby said:
libraries of all sorts have come to shape Hacker's career, whether it's the string of branch libraries his firm designed for Portland (including the Woodstock branch, named one of the ten best libraries in America by the American Library Association and the American Institute of Architects) or several university facilities.Hacker himself is retired, but the firm continues in his name.
"Libraries are places of discovery," he explained. "I think they’re the most fundamental places for learning and finding answers to things, and finding inspiration, that exists in our society. They are open to everybody. You don’t have to apply to get into them. You can go as an 80 year old or a 12 year old.
Seriously, this is great news, and should yield something interesting and vital even as most of the project requirements are practical and technical.
(But also, the values Hacker espoused about "finding answers" and "finding inspiration" do not seem consistent with the book purge and vision for a "dynamic collection" of popular titles only.)