Here's news of a money-saving initiative by a New York library:
At a time when library funding is being cut in some places and technology is changing traditional patron activity, many libraries recognize the need to be creative and innovative with their budgets and services.
Recently, the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library in New York, earned some serious points in the budget creativity category by enlisting the Star Toilet Paper company, founded by two young entrepreneurs, to provide their toilet paper which is printed with advertisements. According to the Library Journal, who interviewed Library Director Robin Lettieri, this saves about $70,000 dollars a year.
Some questions have been raised: about what advertising content the libraries should permit on their toilet paper. There is no reference in the report to there being possible questions for the advertisers and their clients. Is seing some product or service on the library bog-roll a pure plus in selling terms, or could there be a murky underside to it? (Via.)