Alison J. Harris



How Much Does the Library Save You?

One of the challenges facing public libraries is providing services that increase community prosperity. Though the uninformed might see public libraries as passé, they are still seen as trusted institutions in the community. It only makes sense that those in need would turn to these institutions to fulfill their needs, whether it is to learn a new skill or using….

March 30, 2015 , Comment

Quiet, Please – Serving Special Populations

From just the first few sentences, “A Home to the Homeless” resonates with me due to my experiences working in public libraries in Hillsborough County, particularly the main branch in downtown Tampa. The article really highlights a lot of the issues I’ve seen firsthand, such as trying to provide a welcoming place for the homeless while still enforcing policies that….

November 18, 2014 , Comment