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Title: Oakland Public Library extinction
START DATE: Tuesday December 17
TIME: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location Details:
City of Oakland, Council meeting

Special Life Enrichment Committee

Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612

Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room - 1st Floor
Event Type: Other
agenda: https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=276573&GUID=DE505E20-8F09-4130-8690-B088549529ED

3. Subject: Service Contract Award For New Models Of Library Service
From: Oakland Public Library
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Awarding A Professional Services Contract In The Amount Not To Exceed $150,000 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars) To Group 4 Architecture Research & Planning To Assist With The Development Of New Models Of Service For The Oakland Public Library

report: https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=2746384&GUID=EAAF5479-A082-4A8F-A423-92A2A8429656

Some reasons why you should be concerned:

- The contract goes to a drafting business. Almost no technicians read these days. Draftspeople overwhelmingly fit into that statement. One thing they are good at is using the Skinner Box for drafting purposes. I can only imagine the dystopian world draftspeople would create for libraries.

- This is a solution in search of a problem. Children (today that would be 3 to 30 year olds) almost never read. And if they do, it is via a personal surveillance device. It is becoming harder and harder to find more recent "books" in paper editions. Use the library's website to try and find all but the mind-numbing, mass-media pablum. You'll be disappointed. I can assure you, the goal of this "Development of New Models" will push further use of personal surveillance devices. Did you know the "book" on your PSD can be deleted and "updated" whenever the web-o-sphere commanders want? They chose the most obvious - Orwell's "1984" - back in 2009 to do just that. The cows responded with a resounding "moooo" so the creatures in charge decided the chattle don't care/matter.

Read this report. Understand it. Get involved. The cattle's representatives on the council committee will not understand what this means. It's in their typical moooo-forming language. They can pass it and feel good. The cattle will not understand.


"Succumb to the dumb! We are all DEVO" ... not ?



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Less condescending please?A librarianTuesday Dec 17th, 2013 6:22 PM