Friday, March 20, 2009
Excerpt: To those who need their answers fast and delivered wherever they happen to be, the Appleton Public Library has a suggestion: http://www.apl.org/libservices.html#text.
That's the moniker for the library's new text- reference service, which caters to people who, like President Obama, use their thumbs to communicate through typed missives employing a minimum of vowels. The library launched the new service this week for handheld device users.
Excerpt: Cedar Rapids is likely to build a new public library downtown after a hard-won federal decision this week.
And for the library's board of directors, said president Susan Corrigan, that means realization of a key hope: relocation from the perilous site next to the Cedar River on First Street SE.
"We want to be where we don't have that concern about being flooded again," she said Thursday.
The library board had estimated that it would cost $17 million to repair the library in place and up to $24 million to build new at a different spot. If a new library were built from the ground up, Corrigan said, new features could be included to cut future operating and maintenance costs.
Based on the observations of the students in my UW-Madison SLIS Reference and Information Services class, some fixin' is in order.
1. Long waits
2. Long periods of silence/no word contact
3. Not understanding/unfamiliarity with topic
4. Too-quick referrals (related to 3)
5. Ending the interview prematurely
6. Helping more than one person simulataneously.
From the March 20 New York Times, "Connecticut Senator Draws Voters' Ire Over Wall St. Pay".
"Why would he do it?" he [Clarence Randolph, a 50-year-old dump trump driver from New Haven] said as he was about to enter the New Haven Free Public Library to search online for jobs.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
500,000!! (Few, if any, of which I'll ever care to read.)
How true, dgray2. "A half-million classic books" do not exist. It would be more accurate to report "A half-million books that are no longer protected by copyright." Age alone does not make a book a classic.
During renovations, plans call for the youth services area to be moved to a temporary enclosure in the parking lot under the library. The temporary enclosure could be used until December.
The temporary move would eliminate parking in the lower level, but other spots will be opened nearby, Stoneberg said.
Expanding the youth services area by 1,700 square feet will require renovating other parts of the library, including moving the circulation desk.
Link to March 18 Daily Union Online article, "Fort hires architect for library".
Link to Library Director Connie Meyer's blog.
International Falls is located in north-central Minnesota on the Canadian border. Chanhassen is a Twin Cities suburb, located west-northwest of Eden Prairie.
Includes news of a job opening. The Library Board of the Lester Public Library of Vesper needs to fill its part-time Library Director position.
Excerpt: To help people prepare for this requirement, the Marathon County Public Library is participating in a national Passport Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The library is joining the Department of State in celebrating “Passport Day in the USA,” a national passport acceptance and outreach event.
The Marathon County Public Library is a U.S. Passport Acceptance facility that applications daily during regular hours.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Excerpt: Rocked by the loss of more than half of its business in one fell swoop, Conkey's Book Store faced an uncertain future two months ago.
But a combination of community support and internal cost cuts means the 112-year-old downtown store at 226 E. College Ave. will stay open.
Let's hope this support continues for many more years.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Link to March 17 Media Memo post, "Not News: CD Buyers Disappearing Daily. Might Be News: Music Buyers Disappearing, Too".
Excerpt: Common sense tells you that the CD is a vanishing artifact. So would a trip to the music section of your local Best Buy, Target or Wal-Mart – or an actual music store, if you could find one.
But just in case you weren’t convinced, here’s some new data from NPD Group:
CD sales dropped by 19 percent last year.
The number of U.S. CD buyers dropped by 17 million last year.
The number of music buyers dropped by 13 million last year. (RG's emphasis.)
Not so fast?
"Media is not a zero sum game," says Paul Saffo, a director of the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, California. "Just because a new medium arrives doesn't mean an old medium dies out. We still have writing in an age of word processing, we still have reading in an age of video. That will continue, but the nature of reading will change as it has changed all along." (Quote originally read here.)
As someone who used to subscribe to newspapers based on this article, for example, I can't help but feel a sense of loss, even though I have no personal connection to the P-I.
Link to March 17 New York Times article, "Seattle Paper Shifts Entirely to the Web".
Excerpt: Other newspapers have closed and many more are threatened. But the transition to an all-digital product for The P-I will be especially closely watched in an industry that is fast losing revenue and is casting around for a new economic model.
For one thing, the closing may end up putting greater pressure on the surviving and financially struggling Seattle Times, because of the end of a joint operating agreement between the two papers. It may even bring closer the day when Seattle has no local paper at all.
See also "In Seattle, the World Still Turns, a Beacon in Memory of a Lost Newspaper".
Link to March 14 popsci.com post, "Who Protects the Internet?"
Excerpt: For the past five years, John Rennie has braved the towering waves of the North Atlantic Ocean to keep your e-mail coming to you. As chief submersible engineer aboard the Wave Sentinel, part of the fleet operated by U.K.-based undersea installation and maintenance firm Global Marine Systems, Rennie--a congenial, 6'4", 57-year-old Scotsman--patrols the seas, dispatching a remotely operated submarine deep below the surface to repair undersea cables. The cables, thick as fire hoses and packed with fiber optics, run everywhere along the seafloor, ferrying phone and Web traffic from continent to continent at the speed of light.
The cables regularly fail. On any given day, somewhere in the world there is the nautical equivalent of a hit and run when a cable is torn by fishing nets or sliced by dragging anchors. If the mishap occurs in the Irish Sea, the North Sea or the North Atlantic, Rennie comes in to splice the break together.
Excerpt: This is the first joint venture between Nicolet College’s library and the Rhinelander District Library to bring an event of this type to the Northwoods. The goal is to raise awareness about the uninsured and create a forum for community dialogue about this issue.
Monday, March 16, 2009
What this means, of course, is that a great job opportunity has opened up.
Link to March 16 Fond du Lac Reporter article, "Exhibit celebrates Fond du Lac artists' roots".
Excerpt: When artist Nancy Donohue had her revelation, she rolled up her dungarees and set to work.
As one of 14 local artists asked to contribute to an eclectic exhibit titled “Reinventing Rural,” her thoughts turned to an old black-and-white photograph tucked away in a box.
The childhood image of her family — posed in and around her dad’s old pickup truck in Tule Lake, Calif. — became the impetus for her rural rememberings, which are on display through April 24 at Langdon Divers Community Gallery at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
The Reporter's editorial board give praise where it is due, "Cheers Library program has FdL reading". And that's largely due to the efforts of the Fond du Lac Public Library staff, which has done a considerable amount of work promoting a wide variety of March activities connected to Fond du Lac Reads.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
From the Fall 2007 Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) newsletter:
UW-Sheboygan Library & Acuity Technology Center
The new University Library opened in May, and an Open House and dedication ceremony for the Library and the Acuity Technology Center was held on September 20, 2007. In addition to the library, the Acuity Technology Center includes new computer classrooms, distance education classrooms, and modern conference facilities and IT staff work areas. Funding for construction of the 28,300 square-foot building was provided by Sheboygan County and a generous donation from Sheboygan-based Acuity Insurance.
The 19,000 square-foot library includes plentiful space and varied seating options for users in a comfortable, attractive and technology-equipped setting, a 36-workstation BI classroom and computer lab, small-group study rooms with complete multimedia technology, improved staff offices and public service areas, and expanded and more accessible shelving for collections. Wireless network access is available throughout the building, with laptops available for checkout in the library.
Link to March 14 Sunshine Week post, " Sunshine Week 2009 SurveyOf State Government Information Online".
Excerpt: Most Americans can easily find videos of water skiing squirrels on the Internet but they’ll have less luck finding out whether their children's school buses and classrooms are safe, or if neighborhood gas stations are overcharging.
The Sunshine Week 2009 Survey of State Government Information online found that while more and more government records are being posted online, some of the most important information is being left offline. And in some cases governments are charging taxpayers to access records that they already paid for, such as death certificates.