February was a big month for me, with a paper at Beyond the Hype, a paper at VALA, a week away at Aurora (and subsequent brain explosion) and the roll out of two multi-session city wide computer training programs for customers. Consequently I’m only just catching up on some biblioblogospheric happenings. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to think out what I’m about to say, so it will be brief, and (I give you fair warning!) nebulous. But here goes:
I’ve been reading a bit about Chris Anderson’s recent article in Wired entitled Free – why $0.00 is the future of business. And I should confess up front that I haven’t read the article itself yet, so I’m almost certain to be missing the point here, to a degree.
There’s been some talk about promoting the free-ness of library services. Now, the first thing that jumped into my head when I started reading some of the posts that have cropped up in this conversation was this:
Library services are often not free at all. Our customers very often pay for the services we provide. In the case of public libraries, they pay for our services through their rates.
So, do we market our services as free? Or do we market them as the quality services they are, with the line that “you’re paying for them, so why not get the most you possibly can out of them”?
More on this to come, I’m sure.