A Sad Day

When the book-selling giant Borders closed some of its stores earlier in 2011, thousands lost their jobs. Many were relocated to other Borders Stores, and others found employment elsewhere. This was amidst a recession. Well, it’s happening again, a month after another terrible bought of rising unemployment. Another 11,000 people are going to be losing their job at Borders, some as early as this Friday. As in, they have 3 days to find a new job or they will be standing in the unemployment line*. That is just sad and I pray that all of them find gainful employment elsewhere.

Books wise, this is even more sad. I am sad that the healthy competition between Borders and Barnes & Nobles is gone (which means B&N can do almost whatever they want with the price of print books- because if you desperately need a book today, and the library’s copy is checked out, and you cannot wait for it to be shipped from Amazon, they can charge you whatever they would like). I am also sad because my boyfriend will likely want to, once again, spend a weekend book-shopping and spending over $300 on books that have yet to be read (3 months later). I know, you’re shocked that a librarian doesn’t want to go book shopping. Well that’s because I believe in renting books, not buying them just because it looks good. There are very few books I actually want to own; mostly ‘favorites’, classics, or just incredible books that I feel must be on my shelf. (I only have 2 book cases worth of books, if that gives you any idea.)

Back to Borders…

Here is an interactive map of the Borders that are closing (thanks, WSJ!). I ask that no one forward that to Shane…

*Unemployment lines barely exist anymore. Most of it is done online, as any public librarian will tell you. This is called e-government. A few years ago numerous social services offices closed and unemployment (among other services) became a mostly online service, causing people to go to libraries in waves looking for free Internet access. This in turn created e-government specialty degrees within the library science degree, because we have to be prepared to help those in need of government services (but who are largely unable to do it themselves, whether due to lack of computer skills, no home internet access, or confusing paperwork).
I dare you to ask me how many libraries were given government support/funding when this happened.

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