In April, Colorado's public libraries turn in an annual statistical report to the State Library. So the compilation of the numbers is always a little late. I'm just hearing about a 1998 finding: the Douglas Public Library District received more "challenges" than any other library in Colorado.
[This week's column is written by Aubrey Rudy. Aubrey is a shelver at the Highlands Ranch Library. It is her task not only to put materials back on the shelf, but also, as you'll read here, to make the shelves SAFE for those materials. Frankly, I had no idea that this position was so fraught with drama these days. Thank God we've got shelvers who are up to it. - Jamie LaRue]
I'm writing this on December 30, 1999 (I know, it seems like a millennium ago) in the faith that civilization as we know it will survive long enough to publish this column, and for you to read it.
Like everybody else, I picked my profession for a combination of reasons. The most important was that libraries and librarians always treated me so well. I was curious about everything, and at the library nobody ever said, "It's none of your business!" Instead, they said, "Let's see what we can find."
In short, they dignified my ignorance with respect -- because I was trying to do something about it. They acted as if asking questions were natural, a perspective that formed the very basis of my world view.