Why Do We Need a State Library?
To quote a prominent library administrator: “Every library is designed to serve a specific community:
- Public libraries serve the people of a specific city or county.
- Academic libraries serve the faculty, staff, and students of a specific college or university.
- School libraries serve the students and teachers of a specific school.
- Medical libraries serve doctors, nurses, and patients at a specific hospital.
- Law libraries serve the attorneys and staff of a specific law firm.
Each library is designed to add value to the specific community that it serves.”
The Washington State Library (WSL) is none of the above. Its broad mission is to collect and preserve materials of value for the entire State of Washington.
This theme is developed in the current issue of the WLFFTA newsletter, the Advocate. WLFFTA stands for Washington Library Friends, Foundations, Trustees & Advocates, and is an interest group of the Washington Library Association.
The current issue of the Advocate focuses on the Washington State Library and some of its key services and programs. It also highlights the precarious budget situation in which the State Library currently finds itself. Read the entire newsletter at http://sos.wa.gov/q/AF2014.
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