Stop and re-evaluate proposed changes to Fairfax county libraries

We the undersigned request that the Fairfax library board of directors vote to postpone implementation of the 2013 beta project, and re-evaluate its direction.


The beta project will implement a number of sweeping changes that will have disastrous effects on the quality of library service that Fairfax county residents expect and deserve.  These changes will result in drastic reductions in staff available to serve patrons in the branches, near elimination of programming geared towards children, and a workforce that lacks the advanced certifications and skills necessary to fulfill specialized requests.  These changes will only serve to diminish the quality of our library system, and tarnish the public perception of said library system.

For the good of the community, this plan must be re-evaluated with thorough input from those who will be affected by the changes.  This petition serves as a chance for library patrons, staff, and friends to make their voices heard. 

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  • Margaret Lung Who was it who burned the famous library in Alexandria, Egypt.? What do invading armies always destroy first?? Why? Does anyone see a pattern?

  • Nancy Mosier-Murphy Please re-evaluate your planned changes to the FC Library system -- the Reston library in particular has been an important part of my and my family's life long learning -- I understand the world is changing and technology can be both helpful and harmful -- all stakeholders in our community need to be involved in decisions that impact such an important part of our lives. Libraries are one way to reach all ages, classes, and cultures -- if ALL are engaged in a creative redesign of the library system, we will see a library system that engages the whole community and ensures our tax dollars are spent to truly benefit everyone. Instead of cutting funding, we should be increasing it to provide and encourage use of such a great resource as the 'public library' -- what better use for our tax dollars. I’m sure Ben Franklin would agree!

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    Margaret Lung

    4 weeks ago Comments: Who was it who burned the famous library in Alexandria, Egypt.? What do invading armies always destroy first?? Why? Does anyone see a pattern?
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    Nancy Mosier-Murphy

    4 weeks ago Comments: Please re-evaluate your planned changes to the FC Library system -- the Reston library in particular has been an important part of my and my family's life long learning -- I understand the world is changing and technology can be both helpful and harmful -- all stakeholders in our community need to be involved in decisions that impact such an important part of our lives. Libraries are one way to reach all ages, classes, and cultures -- if ALL are engaged in a creative redesign of the library system, we will see a library system that engages the whole community and ensures our tax dollars are spent to truly benefit everyone. Instead of cutting funding, we should be increasing it to provide and encourage use of such a great resource as the 'public library' -- what better use for our tax dollars. I’m sure Ben Franklin would agree!
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    Brooke Carlon, United States

    10 months ago Comments: Power to the People
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