We need less self-checkouts at the Beloit Public Library, not more.
Libraries are not corporate funded boxes where we exchange money for goods. They are community gathering places where we go to share ideas, connect with our neighbors and relax with a magazine after a long week.
Libraries are public funded community centers and when you take away moments of interaction with helpful, friendly, knowledgeable librarians, you are taking away the whole point of what a library is.
Librarians help us in ways we aren't even aware of until suddenly they are taken from us. Put the community back in our library, put the librarians back on the children's and reference desks!
If you care about this, please write a letter to the Beloit Daily News and email the library board and library director with your thoughts. Their emails can be found on the library web page.
I worked at the library for 10 years and it was the best job I ever had. To be clear, I left before the current director came on board. I am not a disgruntled employee, I am a loving one and a concerned community member. I know first-hand how much the community means to the librarians and how much the librarians mean to the community. The new staffing model is a mistake.