This Week in Best of PubLib 10.25.09

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the week of October 19th through October 25th. This week includes discussions about collection development, thought provoking discussions about Blue-ray vs DVD and overdue fines , unanswerable questions,  and irksome library phrases. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:weekly update

  • Topic   » All Star Line-Up for PLA 2010 – Kathleen Hughes reports on the authors coming to Portland, OR  in March 2010.
  • Topic   » Jane Austen read alike – Director Mamie Ney in Maine wants your recommendations for her book group.
  • Topic   »  Non-resident use – Steve Benson and others continue the discussion on Charging for Internet Access – what is your philosophy?
  • Topic   » Uses for catalog cards – Pat Kaufman in New York asks how you use catalog cards – Are you displaying them artistically?
  • Topic   » Internet home pages –  Melissa Davidson wants to know your homepage – is your library homepage a local portal?
  • Topic   »  Shelving test – How do you test shelvers’ knowledge of classification systems - software? – algorithms? – Sue Kamm and others came up with some simple solutions. 
  • Topic   »  H1N1 Plans – Elizabeth Fraser in West Virginia is planning for the worst – What system do you have in place for a large outbreak?
  • Topic   »  Blue-ray vs. DVD – Marla in Montana wants to know collection development guidelines for Blue-ray and standard DVD – Who collects what and why?
  • Topic   » Pros and cons of charging overdue fines – Do you charge fines?  If you don’t – why not?
  • Topic   » Unanswerable questions – Catherine Wiggins in Myrtle Beach, SC is putting together  a list of unanswerable questions – How many are there?
  • Topic   » Library Journal released Placements & Salaries Survey 2009 – What are the new career trends for the recession?
  • Topic   » Career databases – Ashely Biggs in LA is looking for career databases to serve the needs of high school students – Who has the best articles?
  • Topic   » Point of order – Michael McGorty wants to know what is off topic for PubLib – Are intellectual discussions affecting collection development allowed?
  • Topic   » Friday rant – Joe Schallan would like to know what library words/phrases should be retired – What phrase irks you the most?

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This Week in Best of Publib 10.18.09

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the weeks of September 28th through October 18th. These last weeks include discussions about food for fines and collection development, thought provoking discussions about drug testing Friends groups and  cataloging Obama , post mortem niceties,  and the relevance of Teamster librarians. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:weekly update

  • Topic -  Children and technology – Should we give them what they want or tell them what they should want?
  • Topic -  f32bb3e838340b8318b565ac7e59477d3b5c775d – Do we confirm, deny or neither?
  • Topic -  PubLib list moderator Karen Schneider is on the move again – Is Oakland ready for her? – Will Tallahassee ever be the same?
  • Topic -  ALA-APA seeks course providers – But writers ask ‘At what cost’?
  • Topic -  The cashless library? Is your money is no good here anymore?
  • Topic  Food for fines revisited – How do you balance the budget and still help the less fortunate? 
  • Topic -   NYPL staffer Esther Averill’s and her Jenny Linsky books.
  • Topic -   - Patrons and back packs - should there be different rules for teens?
  • Topic -   – Vacation messages – housekeeping your email settings – Should you use Gmail for Publib?
  • Topic -   – Foreign language collection development - What are the best sources?
  • Topic -   – Downloadable audiobooks – What resources are available other than Overdrive?
  • Topic -   – Selling thumb drive / usb devices – Elizabeth Fraser in Charleston WV explores cost management.
  • Topic   – Sign me up – Does the brand of union affect the outcome of negotiations? Does a Teamster librarian have more clout?
  • Topic   – Is there a nicer name for post mortem ? Phalbe Henriksen from the great State of North Carolina asks for a less morbid descriptor.
  • Topic   – Room use and background / drug tests for Friends groups in New York – Do you ask your Friends to pee in a cup?
  • Topic -   – Cataloging  Obama – Pre-Obama presidency and post-election materials cataloging rules investigated – Where do you shelve the President?
  • Topic   – What are libraries charging for non-resident use of the Internet? What are the new economics – how are costs recovered from transient patrons?
  • Topic   – Library Drug policies – Do you have a library Drug Czar or needle sharing programs?  Do you just say ‘know’?
  • Topic   – Our time – Michael McGorty provides a thoughtful  link to this LATimes homeless story   – from the richest country on earth.

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