BoingBoing reported Saturday on the efforts of the Troy, Michigan public library which, in short, was able to obtain the funding needed to keep their doors open by threatening a book-burning. Local residents refused to vote on a tax increase to keep the library open, so the library hired Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide Detroit to help with the problem:
Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who'd managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide.Other web gems for this week:
- 'You're not really a librarian' [TheDigitalShift]
- Libraries, publishers at odds over access to e-books [The Kansas City Star] provides a nice overview of the growing rift between many publishers and public libraries right now.
- Wearable devices may pose challenge to in-flight device restrictions [TeleRead]