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This week in Best of Publib covers the week of December 31st, 2009 through January 10th, 2010. This week includes questions about insect extermination, thought-provoking discussions about the politics of library cards and communication , comparison of cataloging software, and the effect of weather on library operations. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
- Topic » iTunes on Public Computers - Natalie Morgan in Boerne, TX asks how to accomodate iPod downloads – Can privacy and security be expected?
- Topic » Braille – Michael McGrorty in Los Angeles provides this NYT article on the use of Braille – Are there viable alternatives?
- Topic » Email Notification Complaint - Diedre Conkling in Newport, Oregon is investigating the efficiency of email notices – Does email notice content differ from paper?
- Topic » Buggy books - Karen Hiser in Charleston, West Virginia wants to know how to kill bug / insect eggs in library materials – What are the best methods for extermination?
- Topic » Quick (hopefully) question about Excel – Phalbe Henriksen in Taylorsville, NC seeks tutorials on Excel chart creation
- Topic » Home Cataloging Software? – Tony Ross seeks reviews of cataloging software for collections >2500 without the social networking of: Shelfari, LibraryThing and Goodreads – What are your experiences with software such as: Readerware , Collectorz and Delicious-Monster?
- Topic » definitions needed – reference vs. non-reference – Ellen Eyberg in El Paso, TX asks for guidance on the scope of reference questions – When does direction become an intellectual endeavor?
- Topic » Infopeople’s webinar “TEDx for Libraries” – Linda Rodenspiel of infopeople.org is promoting TEDx webinar to facilitate library programming – TED rocks!
- Topic » Library card needed for checkout? - Linda Fairbanks in Oak Brook, IL questions library card mandates – What are the politics of library cards?
- Topic » Wiki in the Library question - Kevin Clement wants to know how libraries are using Wiki’s as internal communication tools – How do Wiki’s work for you?
- Topic » Advocating for YA Librarian - Ryan Livergood in Dover, MA wants to show critical need for young adult librarians – What are some great examples?
- Topic » CD/DVD cleaning machines - Mary Hall in Bedford, IN would like to get ratings and opinions of CD / DVD cleaning machines – Which ones work the best?
- Topic » Open Source Newspaper Indexing Software - Jesse Higel in Mount Vernon, OH seeks examples of free / Open Source indexing software. Sharon Foster in New Hampshire provides an excellent example with Zoho Creator.
- Topic » Cameras - Debbie Winlock would like opinions on the use of security cameras in libraries – What works? What doesn’t?
- Topic » ebook readers – experience/success with the audio download – any personal or professional testimonials - Gail Preslar Kingsport, TN seeks evaluation along with ongoing technical reviews – Sony Reader , Amazon Kindle , Barnes & Noble Nook are market leaders.
- Topic » Expanded use OPAC - Joe McKenzie would like optimal methods for utilizing OPAC computers as short-term web browsers – Does expanding internet access create more demand? If you build it, who will come?
- Topic » Position Open in the Beautiful NW – Regan Robinson in Lynden, WA advertised this Web Coordinator position at Whatcom Library System – Resident Arizonian PubLib humorist Joe Schallan takes exception to ‘beautiful Northwest‘.
- Topic » Closing for weather poll – Linda Cannon – Joplin, MO wants to know when you shut your library down due to weather – What closes your library?
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