This Week in Best of PubLib 12.30.2009

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the week of December 22nd through December 30th. This week includes questions about hardware and software, thought-provoking discussions about intellectual freedom, library security,  and pets in libraries. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic   »    Suspected getaway driver, woman, arrested in library…  Phalbe Henriksen brings us this story from North Carolina where the suspects attempted to use the library as a hideout – Are libraries safe houses?
  • Topic   »    Screening Rated R films at your library –  Hiawatha Henry in Houston, TX   wants to know what policies and pitfalls there are for screening R-rated films in libraries – Sue Kamm notes that the MPAA sets the rating standards and libraries should not act in loco parentis
  • Topic   »    Permission slips for Minors - Monica Casanova in Monticello, IN is looking for examples of permission slips for screening R rated films – Are permission slips part of your library rules?
  • Topic   »    Scanners for public use – Alison R. Moss in  Lafayette, IN wants to know what products and policies libraries are using for scanners
  • Topic   »    Freedom and detention – Michael McGrorty in Los Angeles, CA  notes how Al Hajj was released without charges – are we in a police state?
  • Topic   »    Off Duty Police Officers - Sydne Dean in Colorado wants to know the benefits of using off-duty police officers to provide library security  – what is the best balance of security?
  • Topic   »    lap top computers - Pam Tomka in Washington, IL is looking at loaning out lap tops – who has a great policies and procedures?
  • Topic   »    Testing DVD playability - Cab Vinton in Sanbornton, NH is having trouble verifying if DVD problems are with the players or media – is there a great software or process?
  • Topic   »    Compilation of Instant Message Responses - Becky Carden in Fort Wayne, IN provided a list of IM products for VRS (virtual reference services) including: Meebo, Wimba Pronto, QuestionPoint, Library31p, and LivePerson – how do you implement virtual reference?
  • Topic   »    Donor Recognition Policies - Abigail Elder in Tualitin, Oregon wants excellent examples of donor recognition – How do you recognize your benefactors?
  • Topic   »    Memorial donations - Jeanne Valentine in Illinois is looking for ways to improve memorial books program – are there bookplate standards?
  • Topic   »    Pets in Public Libraries - Wendy Wendt in Grand Forks, ND inherited a library cat- what are the pros and cons of pets in libraries? Are there liabilities for allergic responses? What happens with waste?

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This Week in Best of PubLib 12.22.2009

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Our special holiday edition of  This week in Best of Publib covers  December 14th through December 22rd. This Best of PubLib report includes questions about collection development,  excellent library quotes, reference librarian development,  and the impact of intergenerational conflict. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic   »    social software user policy question - Penny Ramirez in Crystal Lake, IL is looking for library policy examples –  How does your library facilitate or inhibit social networking?
  • Topic   »    ADA compliant software –  Renee J. Ponzio   in Eau Claire, WI wants to know if you have found language software that meets ADA criteria – Do the accessibility tools that are standard with Mac and PC systems make language software compliant?
  • Topic   »    weird animal sounds storytime -  Linda Myer   in Marysville OH compiled a list of children’s books recommended by PubLib readers that  help children discover animal sounds – Who hoots?  – sounds like a job for librarians!
  • Topic   »    Dewey-less libraries - Kevin O’Kelly   in Somerville, MA is looking for alternative methods of finding library materials. Is there a better system than OCLC’s Dewey? What is the ultimate example of sign systems and call numbers?
  • Topic   »    Broadband Stimulus - Andrea Taylor   in Fullerton, CA  is looking at the impact of  stimulus funds on high-bandwidth connectivity – Will broadband stimulus affect and enhance your services?
  • Topic   »   Western Fiction for a bookclub discussion - Terry Sterling   in Fresno, CA got excited enough abut the recent collection development topic on Westerns to envision a bookclub discussion – What do you recommend?
  • Topic   »    Middle School Book Club Selection -   in Lebanon, OR is looking for selections appropriate for Middle School students – On that topic is Lost really just an adult Lord of the Flies ?
  • Topic   »    Library Quote –  Michael R. Meise -    in Roanoke, VA  is looking for the perfect quote for a library bag – many excellent suggestions were offered.
  • Topic   »    Retirement!!  George Hazelton   in McDonough, GA has announced his upcoming retirement – Congratulations !  Huzzah  !
  • Topic   »    Tutorial on Ancestry.com -  Sana Moulder    in Fayetteville NC is teaching a course on Ancestry and is looking for tips – How far back can you trace your lineage?
  • Topic   »    Computer Access Passes…  Ron Block in Jacksonville, FL wants to know how you ration computer services to non-residents – Is your access universal?
  • Topic   »    teen areas -  Cindy Hayes    in High Ridge, MO  is concerned about adults in the teen areas – Do teens and adults mix? Should adults be restricted from convenient access to teen oriented collections? When is being a child at heart or in mind a bad thing? Should libraries foster intergenerational relationships

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This Week in Best of PubLib 12.14.2009

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the week of December 7th through December 13th. This week includes questions about building collections in Western, Urban Fiction and Romance genres along with thought-provoking discussions about  library organization, library reorganization and control of libraries.  Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:weekly update

  • Topic   »    olympics? – Sharon Dalton in Parlin, NJ would like to know about Olympic themes for marketing library programs and materials.
  • Topic   »    urban fiction - Elizabeth Fraser in  Charleston WV is looking for good urban fiction resources.
  • Topic   »   Mail Chimp - Lisa Pappas in  Plainfield, IL wants to know who is using Constant Contact and who is using Mail Chimp - How do they compare?
  • Topic   »    RESUME - Karen Hertel in Idaho asks – what to include on librarian resumes  - Are academic librarian resumes the same as public librarian resumes?
  • Topic   »    Moving from a municipal department to an association library? – Laurel Goodgion in Wethersfield CT  seeks examples of municipal libraries that became independent libraries.
  • Topic   »    Reorganizing customer service | Library organization structure –  Janice Painter in  Princeton, NJ is investigating cross training and various innovative methods of reorganization.
  • Topic   »    software questions – Helen Rigdon in  Kansas City, Kansas wants to know if libraries qualify for academic price breaks on software – Is Open Office a viable alternative and what about TechSoup?
  • Topic   »    Flooring material – Connie Meyer in Fort Atkinson, WI is finishing a building project and seeks flooring suggestions.
  • Topic   »    Rental Ready Videos vs retail editions, Library edition audiobooks vs. retail editions – Jeanette Piquet in Richmond Heights, MO  is looking for guidance on vendor definitions – What are the legal and ethical ramifications?
  • Topic   »    Building upon an existing Romance Collection – Sherise Pagan is looking for web site sources to help develop a  Romance collection
  • Topic   »    Western Paperbacks – Ann Moore  in New York is looking for sources for up-to-date paperback westerns
  • Topic   »    Bags for Patrons, plastic or otherwise – Rebecca Hermen in Michigan is looking for economical, green library  bag guidance
  • Topic   »    Kirkus is shutting down – Mamie  Ney in Maine gives the sad news about the cessation of Kirkus
  • Topic   »    Friday funny – Elizabeth Thorson in Cheyenne, WY reports on extraordinary autographs located in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
  • Topic   »    Controlling Libraries - Who should control public libraries? Should ALA?  Should ethics?  Should politicians?  Should professional librarians42 ? Take our poll!

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This Week in Best of PubLib 12.07.2009

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the week of November 30th through December 6th 2009. This week includes questions about library censorship, uses of smart boards, disposal of magazines , DVD circulation  and the necessary data collected about patrons. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:weekly update

  • Topic   »    Arboreta/Greenhouses and Libraries – Jennifer Chilcoat in Little Rock, Arkansas is looking for plans and methods to facilitate – how green is your library?
  • Topic   »    100 books for reading and sharing from NYPL - GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido in New York offers the list – how do you rate them? 
  • Topic   »    Censorship at its best? – Terry Lawlor in Phoenix alerts us to this controversial story out of Kentucky – what do you think?
  • Topic   »    Discarding magazines?  Sara Weissman in New Jersey wants to know where they go – where do they go when they leave your library?
  • Topic   »    Smart Board Use?  Beth Kroehler in Muncie, Indiana wants to know how you use interactive whiteboards  – are you providing instruction?
  • Topic   »    DVD circulation – Deb Messling in New Jersey is seeing a decline in DVD use – others are seeing a surge – what are the factors influencing use?
  • Topic   »    Furloughs – Michael McGrorty in Los Angeles provides a breakdown of state government furloughs across the US.
  • Topic   »    Posting Music –  Judy Anderson in Washington, DC wants to know where you can store your own music on-line.  Jeff Imparato recommends SoundClick
  • Topic   »    Keeping driver’s license and other ID numbers in patron records – Margaret Maddox – Centerville, Ohio is looking at policies - What are the implications for collection security and retention?  What are the implications for patron privacy and personal information security?

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This Week in Best of PubLib 11.30.09

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers the week of November 23rd through November 30th. This week includes questions about the methodology of Library Journal’s Library Index, bandwidth management, libraries as art subjects,  and library workplace violence.  Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:weekly update

  • Topic   »    LJ Index Misbehaving Data – Thomas Hennen of HALPR index questions the LJ index -  Which is more transparent?  See poll below !
  • Topic   »    Library Gems – Marshall Shore is putting together programs on libraries that innovate – Can you recommend some?
  • Topic   »    Tracking Reference Books Use – Alison Moss in Lafayette, Indiana wants to know – how do you derive your reference statistics?
  • Topic   »    BLACKLISTING BANDWIDTH HOGS – Larry Hlavsa in New Ulm, Minnesota ask how you handle Hulu and Youtube when they disrupt  service.
  • Topic   »    Policy for viewing DVDs within library – Nicole Johnson  in Loves Park, Illinois wants to know if you provide DVD players for in-house use.
  • Topic   »    Libraries As Represented in Art – Michael Schofield in Florida would like some sources – Impressionists?
  • Topic   »    100th anniversary – Susan Riley in Mount Kisco, New York is having a party for her library – Ideas? Elizabeth Fraser tells us they go for the gold!
  • Topic   »    Digital signage – PubLib list moderator Karen Schneider wants to know what sort of system you would recommend.
  • Topic   »    CD book question – Mark Arend in Oshkosh, Wisconsin asks – What if a gift says: Not for sale to libraries?
  • Topic   »    How to handle violent patrons? A violent workplace incident was reported out of the New York Public Library – How would you react? How should you react?

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