Monday, October 16, 2006

Coffee for the Uninformed

A new cafe is opening in my library tomorrow.

I hate it.

Sure, it's nice looking. This time, the architects and designers succeeded in making the addition look like the rest of the building. And I love coffee.

So what's the problem? The new cafe has completely replaced our reference collection and services.

Awful, huh? You don't know the half of it.

5 comments:

Mom said...

Good article by Robert Campbell. Let's hope it sheds the light on what needs NOT to change.
I think someone who works there at the library should write, anomanouisly(sp), to the same paper as a follow up. What do you think?
Mom

Ben Ide said...

Thanks, Ma.

I hope so.

In the meanwhile, check out this op/ed piece in the Crimson:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=515001

The comments are interesting, too.

Me, Myself and I said...

you once told me that books (as they exist now, bound/paper) would one day be replaced entirely by electronic media, and that the only reason I disagreed w/ you was b/c I was sentimental.
well, I am sentimental, although not exceedingly so, in my opinion, so I'm very sorry to hear that your library is slowly being turned into a Starbucks w/ books in the background. :>) especially as I can't stand coffee, and as bookstore cafes tend to be priced as if the drinks were served in gold cups rather than disposable recycled paper.

Ben Ide said...

I so very much regret the irony I created when I called you sentimental for books.

Very, very much regret it.

Me, Myself and I said...

it's the closest we ever came to arguing over our differing point of views (wh/ is amazing considering how long we knew eachother!) I think you were in the final stages w/ your undergrad thesis at the time. I think that explains everything! (well,
mostly :>)
anyway, I only mention it b/c I love the irony, and thought you'd be amused, too.