Heart-melting 90 Year-Olds on a Bookstore Blind Date: Today in Critical Linking

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For their first date, Harold met Miriam at Politics & Prose. Within a day, they’d already gone viral. The two 90-somethings are both regulars at the bookstore, according to Jon Purves, the bookstore’s deputy director of marketing and publicity.

This story of two 90 year-olds going on a blind date in a bookstore probably isn’t the biggest book news of the day. But I don’t care.


In other words, there’s empirical evidence that usage tracks investment. If libraries receive more public funds, more people use them. And if governments invest less in its libraries (as they have since 2009), fewer people visit—though the drop in visits from disinvestment isn’t as strong as the rise from investment would be.

So what you are saying is that if a thing is open longer and has more and newer stuff, then more people will use it?

That term—library anxiety—is hardly a household name among students, but say it to a college librarian, and he or she will know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s the feeling that one’s research skills are inadequate and that those shortcomings should be hidden. In some students it’s manifested as an outright fear of libraries and the librarians who work there. To many librarians it’s a phenomenon as real as it is perplexing.

This is a phenomenon I observed trying to teach students basic library research skills, though I had no idea that it was a widely-known behavior.

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