Sixteen Questions About CC1
Submitted by Carson Now Reader on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 10:20pm
16 Questions about CC1
While few can claim to have all the answers about the CC1 advisory, concerning the funding of a new city library, here are a few questions that I think everyone might consider – especially those in our city government.
Why are libraries being closed and sold all over the country?
Why are universities closing and selling libraries?
How fast will all books be replaced with eBooks?
What is the future of the library in the Internet age?
How many books can I carry on my keychain flashdrive or in my smart cell phone or eBook reader?
Why should anyone drive to a library when they can digitally download books, movies and music?
Is building a new library the best use of public taxes?
What are the expanded ongoing additional tax costs for maintenance and operations?
Is the library proposal sustainable and/or necessary over the proposed decades long project life?
Is the city budget currently balanced or have a surplus of tax revenues for new projects?
What will happen to this project if there is another economic downturn?
How many functions and needs does our state library (located in our city) duplicate?
Would it be better and cheaper to consolidate the city and state libraries into one much better library?
Would funds be better applied as a downsized endowment for preservation and sustainability for the uncertain economic future?
Why is a virtual Internet library the better, cheaper, smaller and faster alternate future?
Is Carson City building a needed library or just an expensive monument to an obsolete past?
If one doesn't ask the right questions, one seldom gets the right answers.