hi – 16feb

Hi. Someone wrote in response to my ALA-APA article that Vermont can’t have much of a “staunch commitment to libraries” if it will pay its librarians $8/hour. And isn’t this the rub, then? I know Vermont loves its libraries, and yet, I also know that in many cases Vermonters would love rooms filled with books and free Internet and no librarians if it would lower their taxes. I’m not sure if you can say that a desperately poor parent isn’t committed to nutrition if they can’t feed their kids better food. Can you always feed kids well for cheap? Can you always find the money to pay your librarians well? And, as is often the real choice: if you can’t do both, what has to give?