Crose also presented the annual State of the Library report. He made some very good points about the progress of TRL over the last few years, especially given the financial restraints the system has been under. Beginning in 2008, with an eye towards a possible economic downturn, the system began a measured draw down.
For example, the creation of a “floating collection,” where basically an item requested from the system will generally stay at the building where it is returned has made the system more efficient. Crose said is has also saved money on courier routes and “balanced the collection.”
He also made an interesting point about the library in the information age. He’s been presented with the all too common argument of why do we need libraries when we have google? The same reason we have farmers markets when we have Fred Meyer. Libraries are the local.