Saturday, December 04, 2004

Crumbs and Noise

Silas Lyons, in a recent column in The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, California) says that Libraries Could Use Some Crumbs and Noise. The column discusses Howard Schultz's book, "Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time," about the rise of Starbucks Coffee.

Lyons' advice:

Am I actually suggesting that grand old libraries, guardians of silence and of free public access, should follow in the footsteps of greedy corporations? That we should sacrifice shelf space for espresso machines? That the "No Food or Drink!" signs, beaten with age, should be stripped from the doors?

In a word: Yes.

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