The Washington Times recently reported that the Garland County (Arkansas) Public Library has decided to focus on providing the public with online genealogy record collections, and to transfer the majority of their print book and hardcopy genealogical materials to two institutions: the Garland County Historical Society and the local genealogical society—the Melting Pot Genealogical Society.
Why did the library staff decide to do that?
According to the Washington Times report, John Wells, the Library Director of the Garland County Public Library, said:
We’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in the use of that [Genealogy & Local History] room. You’d walk by, and no one was in there. A lot of what was used in genealogical research is now available online. They’re not using that stuff here when they can sit at home and do it all day long.
So with that in mind the three libraries put their heads together and decided to consolidate the physical genealogy library materials where they would be getting more use.
Is this a new trend?
Anyone know of this happening in other public libraries?
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