RE: VRT Newsletter and Opinion Poll

Mary Gontarek --- Owatonna Public Library (
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 08:01:52 -0800 (PST)

While putting the newsletter on the web is a good idea, I think you'd be making
a mistake to discontinue the hard copy. As someone who wears several hats in
a small public library - media services, reference and periodicals - and has
to deal with a large volume of professional mail, I find it much easier to
read hard copy than long, sometimes complex messages via email. I don't think
I'm alone in this but tell me if I am! It's bad enough dealing with personal
messages and the kind of brief (but oh so fascinating!) stuff on this listserve
but I often zone out when faced with Gary's news articles, for instance. While
I appreciate the info, I often just don't have the time to digest it all when
I receive it and if I don't read it then, I may not have the time to get back
to it! I agree with Gary. Sometimes I'd rather just read it when and where I
want to and not on a computer print-out! This is sort of like the argument that
eventually everyone will be doing their shopping on the web. As someone who likes the physical experience of shopping - the anticipation of arriving at the
mall, touching the fabric, enjoying the company of friends, going out to a
great restaurant - I can tell you that if it ever does happen, I for one will
keep wearing my clothes until they fall apart! Also, aren't you eliminating
those people who may come upon the newsletter by chance? Just a few thoughts
and, by the way, just reading all these messages and responding has taken an
hour and I'm sure we're not done with this particular thread! Whoever thought
the internet would save us time?
Mary Gontarek
Owatonna Public Library
Owatonna, MN