George & Joan, Thinking Out Loud: What If You Ran Your Bookstore Like a Library?

In this latest edition of Thinking Out Loud, our intrepid pundits explore issues raised by Barbara Fister in her April 15, 2008 article in Library Journal entitled, What If You Ran Your Bookstore Like a Library? Key thoughts they examine: The erosion of distinctions between enterprises; How can libraries approach some of the issues affecting bookstores these days? What can libraries teach bookstores?
Also discussed: The McDonaldization of Society, and John Scalzi’s blog post Why YA. For the latter, George encourages you to be sure to read the comments as well as the post.