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This edition of Best of Publib covers the weeks of March 1st through March 14th 2010. This edition includes questions about collection development, thought-provoking discussions about known inaccuracies in ’non-fiction’ works , circulation manager duties , humorous anecdotes regarding blondes , and the impact of closing public school libraries:
- Topic » Program planning template ♦ Elizabeth Fraser with the Kanawha County Public Library seeks program planning templates
- Topic » Request for Gimp lesson plans ♦ Sana Moulder in Fayetteville NC wants to provide workshops on the popular Open Source graphics program Gimp - Have another other libraries provided instruction in Gimp?
- Topic » Yahoo mail problems ♦ Deb Messling at the Phillipsburg Free Public Library in NJ is experiencing problems with Yahoo! mail - Laura Hayden recommends that everyone upgrade their web browsers.
- Topic » Collection development ♦ Lori Eskridge from the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library seeks examples of collection development policies for medium-sized public libraries – Margaret Neil in NM provides this great example – How do you grow your collections?
- Topic » Job description request ♦ Mary J. Soucie with Three Rivers Library District requests examples of local history librarian job descriptions
- Topic » Software to use for Game Discs? ♦ Matthew Hamilton at the Boulder Public Library asked for recommendations for playing CD/DVD based games on local computers - Bob Sullivan with the Schenectady Digital History Archive recommends using – Alcohol available in free, fee and trial download versions
- Topic » What to do with “Last Train From Hiroshima?” ♦ Andrea Taylor with Fullerton Public Library referenced Brian Herzog’s question on how to handle a book with known inaccuracies - What qualifies as ‘non-fiction’?
- Topic » Questions about selling flash drives to customers ♦ Beth Kroehler from the Muncie Public Library asks how other libraries provide flash drives / thumb drives to library patrons – What do you offer in this medium?
- Topic » telephone storytelling ♦ Angie Bayne at the Missouri River Regional Library is interested in how other libraries provide telephone storytelling – Can PubLib readers provide guidance?
- Topic » Story Times for Grown Ups: Share with me ♦ David Wright with the Seattle Public Library seeks success stories of adult story times akin to SPL’s Thrilling Tales
- Topic » Internal Library Communication ♦ Fran Hays at the Beaufort County Library in SC would like to know what intra-library communication tool works best – The PubLib reader consensus appears to be a combination of tools.
- Topic » Managing librarians ♦ Leslie Schow from the Herriman Library in UT asks how to guide and successfully manage Youth Services Librarians and their work flow – what are the job parameters for YSL?
- Topic » Intranet guidelines or policies? ♦ Matthew Hamilton at the Boulder Public Library asks how other libraries deploying Drupal manage content – What rules does your library have for staff additions, modificatins and deletions to content?
- Topic » call numbers for biographies ♦ Mary Johnson from the Jacksonville Public Library FL investigates best practices to classify biography call numbers – Is [Bio] – [Subject's last name] superior to [Bio] – [Dewey number] – [Subject's last name] ?
- Topic » providing access to those overseas ♦ Elizabeth K. Speigle with the Newport News Public Library wants to know how to treat service members who are stationed overseas wanting library cards to access on-line databases sponsored local libraries - What are their limitations?
- Topic » Proctoring Exams ♦ Andrea Taylor would like to know how other libraries handle proctoring exams – Should proctoring be an expected public library service?
- Topic » Classification of fiction DVDs ♦ Jingzhen Xie wants to know how your DVD collection is organized for browsing – If an entire section is checked out, how does that affect the remaining items?
- Topic » I know it is not Friday but… ♦ Rachelle Miller with the Troy-Miami County Public Library in OH brings us a new humor thread on patron expectations – How blonde are your patrons?
- Topic » PINs ♦ Cindy Hayes at the Jefferson County Library MO seeks input regarding library account security – Does your library require PIN (personal identification numbers) to access computers locally and library accounts remotely? How secure is your data?
- Topic » legal form database ♦ Lisa Gunter requests recommendations for blank legal forms databases – Sue Kamm recommends Nolo and Michael recommends Gale
- Topic » Circulation Managers ♦ Jessica with the Thomas County Public Library System wants to know if your Circulation Managers circulate – or do they simply manage from afar? – Consensus appears to favor a split between desk and management.
- Topic » Extended Service Agreement for Security Gate System-worth it? ♦ Stephen Sarazin at the Aston Public Library PA is reviewing the cost of keeping a service agreement in place for security gates - John Richmond offers this caveat on location
- Topic » Paraprofessional Certification ♦ Bridget Krejci with the G. E. Bleskacek Family Memorial Library in WI is seeking paraprofessional certification with recognized value to library employers – Jim Casey recommends ALA-APA as a resource.
- Topic » public library union contracts? ♦ Sharon Commons is investigating effective working union contracts in place at public libraries – Cab Vinton recommends the Labor Contracts Database from Berkeley
- Topic » Computer timer software used ♦ Shawn Pierce from the Marjorie Walker McCrary Memorial Library in AR seeks software recommendations to limit the time patrons spend on library computers – Recommendations include: Cassie from Librarica , Time Limit Manager from Fortres , Libki and Sam PC Manager from Comprise Technologies.
- Topic » Libraries no longer using barcode strips ♦ Diane Neverman with the Peoria Public Library System in AZ wants to hear from libraries using 3M RFID that no longer use bar codes – relying exclusively on RFID
- Topic » Robert’s Rules of Order ♦ Phalbe Henriksen at the Alexander County Library in NC highly recommends these videos by Robert McConnell Productions as effective tutorials for Robert’s Rule of Order
- Topic » which Speaker System to use ♦ Paul Ericsson with Bemidji Public Library in MN would like opinions from PubLib readers on use of the Peavey Escort 3000 system to support a flexible seating meeting room with space for well over 100 people
- Topic » Unscheduled School group visits to Pub. Lib. ♦ Charlene Swansen from the Mancos Public Library District in CO wants to know how other libraries enable unscheduled visits by teachers with their classes – School Libraries are being closed – How do you think Public Libraries should handle unscheduled visits ?
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