Tim Wiles took the helm as GPL’s Director in January 2014. At that time, we published this Q&A column, which is a great way to learn a bit about him.
Q: Why are libraries important?
A: Libraries are important for reasons too numerous to answer in a brief Q & A. But here goes: Libraries are engines of democracy – ensuring that all community members have access to the best books, films, music, facilities, computer downloads, and programs. Libraries are places of learning, enjoyment, and growth. By banding together to purchase a large collection of materials, communities ensure that their citizens can compete with anyone–we have all the information we could possibly need right here at our fingertips. And if we get in the habit of turning to the library first for our information and entertainment needs, we can save a lot of money in the family budget.