December 29, 2008

Should libraries scruitinze their newspaper holdings?

According to the Pew Research Center for the People & The Press, the Web overtakes all media except TV as a major source of news.  Libraries need to follow this trend and make decisions about which in-print newspapers they subscribe to.  I was recently at a holiday party and the topic of newspapers came up and a majority said they actually don't subscribe to the print version any more.  This is a drastic change in the past couple of years just by my own personal observation of friends.  Now that this study is out, libraries need to carefully think through: Do we need to stop many or all of our in print newspaper subscriptions?  Do we need to set up more public internet workstations? What is the difference in cost to setting up another internet workstation vs. subscribing to the in-print version of a newspaper?

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