Saturday, February 28, 2009
Excerpt: Rebecca Hodges, who's been unemployed for a year, sat down at a computer in a public library in New York.
Spurred by free services, people are heading to libraries, such as this one in Chicago, Illiinois, in record numbers.
Hodges is not an avid reader, but said going to the library is a way to look up job openings and use the Internet for free.
"It helps me research the different companies and how the different industries work, and what's all involved with different industries in terms of what jobs there are," she said.
In times of recession, people take advantage of free services, and going to the library is among the most popular.
"I think people are just realizing how much information there is and they didn't think about going to their local libraries before," Hodges said.
"It can't be business as usual," O'Connor said. "We just felt ... we have to respond in some way."
Friday, February 27, 2009
The Racine Public Library serves a population of 139,000 in a geographic area similar to the Racine Unified School District, extending to the Interstate from Kenosha County to Milwaukee County. Library services are provided from one facility, along with the Mobile Library and Rotary West Readers van. Residents who live closer to Highway 31 have requested a second, more convenient location for years, like Kenosha’s four branch libraries. This has been a top priority of the Library Board for the past two Strategic Plans. The center of population for the library’s service area has been moving westward for years.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Have you noticed how smitten the media and politicians are with "Twitter?" It's kinda comical to me. They completely missed the boat on blogs so now they are overcompensating by making sure you know how hip they are by jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. I love technology, so I'm all for that, but it looks kinda silly watching the talking heads gushing over it. Q) What did you twitter today? A) I twittered so much.
The Politico has a new article up called "The 10 most influential D.C. Twitterers" that is a classic of the genre.
The long-awaited Community Library audit came Monday without surprises or huge red flags — only a few suggestions for how to improve its accounting practices.
Much controversy surrounded the need to audit library finances for 2004-08 and the length of time it took to complete it. The financial reports conducted for those years were not official audits. Those who requested the audit said it was needed to ensure accountability of public funds.
Monday, February 23, 2009
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Excerpt: Modeling it after a program she started at Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin is launching a common book project in Madison called Go Big Read.
Starting in fall 2009, Martin and others will choose one book for the campus community and beyond to read.
Martin described the program as a way "to build intellectual community among all students, staff and faculty" and "to generate exchange between members of the campus and the larger Madison and alumni communities."
It will not be required reading, but UW-Madison libraries director Ken Frazier said some faculty have agreed to use the book in high-enrollment freshman courses.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Link to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Board finalizes policy on teacher-student communication".
Excerpt: More restrictive policy defeated.
Thompson and Gehl both supported a broader, more restrictive version of the policy, which would have banned [Elmbrook School] district staff from using text messaging, instant messaging and social networking altogether, even personally while off the clock. (Retiring Guy's emphasis.)
Becky Spika, a library program coordinator, started working at the library about five years ago and noticed there weren’t many activities for teens at the library.
“We saw these (teens) around and we didn’t know how to bring them together,” Spika said.
To solve that she decided to create Teen Space last year and, with the help of a Lakeshores Library System grant, the library now has a Play Station 2 and a Wii system, which includes Guitar Hero. The library also just received Guitar Hero World Tour, which allows participants to play the drums to the beat provided by the video game. The teens tried it out for the first time Saturday.
Besides hanging out and playing games teens, the teens also help plan community service activities, make crafts and help with teen library programming, Spika said.
The muck destroyed more than 3,000 books, but there was a bright spot. Volunteers — most of them strangers — helped move about 60,000 books to dry land. Many of the volunteers were stunned to learn that such a vast book collection existed so close by.
"Everyone said, 'We didn't even know this was here. We wish you would open a bookstore,'" Wakest said.
Now she and Nix have done just that, embarking on a venture that seems at odds with the reality around them.