Here we have a fashion spread, to the extent that photos of a guy in different T-shirts constitutes one, in the penultimate issue of homosexualist fortnightly Fab, available at most if not all library branches.
Yes, this “tee” really exists if you want to traipse down to the Drake General Store to buy one, presumably after picking through the detritus of Parkdale branch’s DVD collection. (Or you could shop online. Or visit the Store’s other two branches, one of which is up the road from Yorkville branch and TRL.) Or you could just hand the TPL Foundation some cash instead of deluding yourself that pennies’ royalties on a T-shirt make any difference.
Now, the Foundation is of course a separate organization, but it exists as a kind of bank of last resort, a genteel and non-usurious payday-loan service, for an intentionally underfunded Toronto Public Library. They run a Book Lovers’ Ball every year and host occasional receptions that are the unspoken reason why the Cube entrance at the Reference Library was constructed. (Note the mezzanine level to nowhere, and the aluminum panels that prevent the unwashed masses shivering outside from upskirting the nice ladies who linger upstairs waiting to be noticed.)
None of this even pretends to replace the library’s true need – actually sufficient taxpayer funding. Whenever you visit the library, think to yourself “Your tax dollars at work.”
So can we get out of the T-shirt business and the Heather Reisman online-affiliate business and the dinging-people-for-holds business and get back into the public fucking library business, please?
First set of entirely unwelcome ads on the backs of due-date slips. Advertiser list:
H&R Property Management
Receipt Media (the contractor recruiting the other advertisers)
Diamond & Diamond Lawyers
What I mean is “Eliminate Indigo ‘affiliate links.’ ” It can be done! If you don’t like the fact that the library is now a de facto Heather Reisman sales arm, you can block those links from appearing in your browser.
I noticed the affiliate links a few days before they were announced:
Let’s start a few steps back, though. Goldsbie’s piece in Now does a good job situating the TPL Board’s two obnoxious money-raising gestures – ads on due-date slips and shilling for Indigo – as the aftershock of the budget earthquake of two years ago. Except it took that long for the budget to really be reduced, so I guess the fear was simply ahead of its time.
At any rate, we have here a quote from Janet Davis, the lady who once lectured me in that condescending low voice she has (it’s preferable just to get yelled at).
“If people who can afford it start purchasing and not contributing a cent to the collective borrowing,” Davis says, “the demand will decline so you would have fewer people borrowing, fewer users. It would worry me if users declined because a certain slice of that group purchases as opposed to borrowing.”
This doesn’t make any sense. Continue reading
Improvements! at! the Browsery!
Under its new manager, the TRL Browsery has seen more upgrades in the last ten days than at any time under the régime of the previous manager.