Original post made by Economy Minded on Aug 20, 2012
Web Link posted Friday, August 17, 2012, 12:00 AM
on Aug 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm
What a waste of money! The Weekly forgot to mention that this idea was discussed thoroughly in 2006 and dropped.
Changing the name of Main Library will create endless confusion, not reduce it. The building has been called Main Library for over half a century. The Internet has tens of thousands of references to the Main Library. Those references won't go away, so there will be two conflicting names for the same building.
Plus, the city would have to pay for new signs and make changes to web pages, catalogs, library publications, maps, and more.
Who knows what's next. Will they next want to rename College Terrace to University Terrace, because no one calls Stanford a "college" anymore? The Oregon Expressway doesn't exactly get you to Oregon. Jordan Middle School is quite far from the Middle East. Whatever field Middlefield was once in the middle of has long ago disappeared. East and West Meadow don't go near any meadow. Names created a long time ago have value in that they gently remind us of our history.
In the horse and buggy days you could change names and it wouldn't be a problem, but in the age of the internet changing a name without creating confusion is extremely difficult. Even the city is having great difficulty changing its own website. Don't even think about other peoples websites.
This is a make-work idea. Surely the staff has more important work to do?
on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:01 am
Please do not change the name of the main Library!
on Aug 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Could this be an attempt by Mitchell Park advocates to get their library renamed Main? Aren't they satisfied with the immense building they are getting? Maybe they envy the older part of town. It is hard to understand the push to rename. Clearly as has been stated, some people seem to have time on their hands.