I found myself in a Backyard Burger restaurant two nights eating dinner and all the while being completely fixated on the news coverage of the tragedy in Oklahoma. In the midst of all the footage I realized that many of our library patrons at home don’t have cable (or even televisions) and thus are not able to catch this type of news unless they go to a public place and it’s usually a place that requires a purchase for the right to take up space.
I realized that this was a niche our library could fill and through a little bit of crowdsourcing I found that many libraries are already doing this (which I expected). From having a single television showing varied programming to a wall of televisions delivering nothing but financial and business news, libraries across the country are using the television to deliver services to those that can’t get the information in other ways. One library even shows NFL games on Sundays.
In the days of internet news feeds and stories that age out after only hours, television news sounds almost archaic but it is still a very viable source of information and up-to-date news that libraries should not ignore.