Virtual library could be set up in Northvale
February 28, 2012 by Sarah
Since the internet became widely available to the general public many experts have been predicting the death of print media – and yet still it thrives. These experts have been referring to paper books, newspapers and magazines. While many people are aware of the impact of the internet on the print industry, they do not stop to think about how it affects libraries.
As libraries are non-profit organizations, they rely on funding from the government. In 2011, the Northvale Public Library was shut down as the council did not budget enough money to continue operations. This was a move that was strongly opposed by residents of the borough.
Officials are now preparing an alternative for the area – a virtual library. The town hopes to have thousands of e-books available for readers. However, residents are still unhappy with this solution. Libraries often serve as a community center. They are afraid that the new virtual library will not cater to community events.
At the moment it looks like this is something that locals will not have to worry about. The people working on this project are factoring in space for seating and events such as childrens reading groups.
This is something that is going to happen to libraries across the nation at some point or another. The best way to keep a library functioning is to demonstrate how much it is valued by residents. One of the best ways to do this is to organize events that have high attendance rates. Library staff can improve attendance at these events by using flyer printing services to create flyers that can be handed out to schools, businesses and locals.