RE: VRT Newsletter and Opinion Poll

Mike Tribby (
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 08:17:50 -0800 (PST)

Mary Gontarek's comments are well put. I couldn't agree more.


At 08:01 AM 12/7/99 -0800, Mary Gontarek wrote:
>While putting the newsletter on the web is a good idea, I think you'd be
>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
>but I often zone out when faced with Gary's news articles, for instance.
>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
>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