The Cost of Education

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

I spent the early part of this weekend calculating the 2012 cycle of what has become an annual ritual at our house the past seven years; completing paperwork, adjusting funds, figuring totals, and writing a check to an “institution of higher learning.”

I spent the early part of this weekend calculating the 2012 cycle of what has become an annual ritual at our house the past seven years; completing paperwork, adjusting funds, figuring totals, and writing a check to an “institution of higher learning.”

I started down this path when I returned to Dominican University to work on my MLIS. We are now in the process of putting our second child through college. While I can say I fret over the costs, I am sold on the value. From the time our kids were born, we began to work on the process of preparing them and preparing ourselves to do whatever we could to make sure they went to college and finished with a degree. In our household we have seen the value of a good education, and we determined it would be worth the cost.

Education doesn’t stop when you receive the piece of paper after a series of classes and exams. It continues for most of us through on-the-job training and experiences, workshops, and the personal growth decisions we explore. Staff training at the library includes preparation in dealing with “reference questions”, those questions that come in over the phone or in person concerning things people need or want to know. In fact, there is an entire process dedicated to making sure we understand the question and help provide an answer.

Suggestions from patrons are taken very seriously when we add new material to our collection, and often these suggestions reflect the need for education in new technology, medicine, law or finances. Beyond or physical collection of materials, EPLD also has purchased several databases that are available either at the library or with an EPLD library card to help with research and provide education. Our newest database, “Universal Class”, is an online school providing classes in over 500 subject areas with instructors and learning modules in everything from computer programs to landscaping, writing skills to pie baking! We also consider the hours of programming provided each month as another educational opportunity provided by the library.

A large portion of the library budget goes to covering these educational opportunities and we encourage you to participate, enjoy and grow with us in 2012.