New Ideas for a New Library

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Citizen San of San Diego

Traditionally libraries are not just coupled to communities—they are “married” to city hall. Computer geeks are not people who specialize in the humanities of quality information in a lawless laissez faire world of information and propaganda—we need an institution that is willing to protect conflicting ideas. Well why not conjoin the YMCA to the New Library—rather than a high school—then the whole community would benefit as a “community enterprise”? Health and well-being are comprised of mind and body.

New Ideas for New Library:

Traditionally libraries are not just coupled to communities—they are “married” to city hall. That was the idea of the Library of Congress—that people who create laws, and their staffs, needed information and variety of resource to think things through and make good decisions. Libraries are “not” normally divorced from the center of intellectual operations—save when real estate developers decide that a baseball park needs a library?

So if the city can’t afford a new swanky city center perhaps there ought be a sharing of such a building with a new library? It could save costs?

Granted there are those that are naïve enough to feel that not that we have computers and the Internet we no longer need library “warehouses.” But this notion that libraries are primary physical spaces of shelves misses the point that libraries “share” information with a community—irrespective of what the media the information is stored. Computer geeks are not people who specialize in the humanities of quality information in a lawless laissez faire world of information and propaganda—we need an institution that is willing to protect conflicting ideas.

Equally, the San Diego YMCA has lived in the same residence forever and it is now owned by a private hotel company that “leases” the YMCA to the non-profit. But the pool has been non-operational for over three years loosing an important service to the elderly and others. The facility is equally old and decrepit. San Diego needs a new downtown YMCA but the real estate is too expensive downtown. Still more people live downtown and it is the time to rejuvenate inner city.

Well why not conjoin the YMCA to the New Library—rather than a high school—then the whole community would benefit as a “community enterprise”? Health and well-being are comprised of mind and body.

Let us see San Diego lead with vision while saving costs.

Citizen Sane of San Diego