In 1990, the citizens of Douglas County established the Douglas Public Library District. (Before then, we were a county library system.) The margin of votes was almost two to one in favor of the district. The same year, an earlier version of Doug Bruce's TABOR amendment also carried in Douglas County, although it was defeated statewide.
WHO is on the ballot?
WHAT is on the ballot?
WHERE are you supposed to vote?
WHEN are you supposed to vote?
WHY should you support, or oppose, a particular candidate or issue?
Now here's a strange thing. At the same time adults are obsessing over their children's CSAP scores, we're also getting caught up in "testmania" for entertainment.
Consider "Jeopardy." Consider "Trivial Pursuit." Consider "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Consider the old saying, "If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?"
There are times when I think the upcoming general election is a sort of adult CSAP to test our civic smarts.
About a year ago, library staff were spending a lot of time looking at our statistics on the use of our web site. Someone made the comment that in some respects, our web site was a sort of virtual branch. It had its own door count (the number of hits). It had its own statistics on referrals (the clicks on pages linking to other pages). It even allowed for a place to renew materials.