This Week in Best of PubLib 01.11.10

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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:weekly update

  • 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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This Week in Best of Publib and ALA

Best of Publib Current Topics and PubLib gathering at ALA in Boston, MA.

This Week in  Best of Publib 2010 will return on January 11th – to include topics from December 31st 2009 through January 10th 2010.

In the meantime, Publib list moderator –  Karen Schneider – is looking at scheduling a gathering of PubLib contributors and fans during the American Library Association - Midwinter Meeting.  We will be roaming about the exhibit hall Saturday - January 16th  with cameras and cam in hand. I would love to meet and gather impressions and musings  of librarianship for the January 18th edition of Best of PubLib.

Our sister site - Best of Web4Lib  - is finally launched and will be featuring library web development discussions from that popular listserve beginning January 18th.

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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 12.07.2009

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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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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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This Week in Best of Publib

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers two weeks - September 7th to September 19th. PubLib was being upgraded by OCLC/Webjunction on September 13th. The last two weeks include fanciful discussions about library ecology, thought provoking discussions regarding LSSI,  evaluation of Better World Books , staff cell phones,  and how to effectively weed old librarians. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic - Florida Librarians Fight Back Against LSSI -  Obviously, someone thinks libraries are profit centers. Why else would they sue?
  • Topic Needing Librarians – What role should Librarians have in national debates? Can we still help facilitate critical thinking or is reasoning a thing of the past?
  • Topic Pulling the Plug -  Should a bill be enacted to eliminate old librarians?
  • Topic - Funny Names for Patrons -  Learn the stories of Old Smeller, Peter Pan,  Generals Hershey Bar and Wastemoreland. Did they have nicknames for us too?
  • Topic Safelink -  Are there ‘free’ cell phones and airtime sponsored by the government?   Apparently, libraries are supposed to help with this.  IRS and FCC outlets?
  • Topic Philadelphia Free Libraries -  This venerable institution initiated by Dr. Pepper was in danger of closing.   Supporters came though and the library was saved.
  • Topic The World is Flat -  Local government  functions are being downsized and outsourced. What is next for Librarians?
  • Topic - Staff Cell Phones -  Do staff members need cell phones to function or is it a  myth  of marketing ?  Should you hear me now?
  • Topic - The 62-Cent Solution from the Reminiscences of Joe Schallan, MLS  -  How does one cope with the priviledged patron?
  • Topic Current Events  -  The national political discussion spills over to Publib. Should Librarians participate in those discussion?  

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This Week in Best of Publib

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This week  in  Best of Publib includes some elegant and thoughtful discussions on collection development, the value of GSLIS programs and the future of public libraries – some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic - Displaying Reserved Items – practical information including self-serve holds and self-check out methods.
  • Topic - Guilt – Jobs and People – Library filth – Joe Schallan’s musings on the meaning of GSLIS  and the ‘microbial ecology’ of the public library.
  • Topic - Proper conduct by retired librarians - Joe Schallan’s introspective look at the career endgame – do old librarians just check out or is there more, much more?
  • Topic – Library-based IT troubleshooting services –  should we help patrons fix those computer things or CTRL ALT DEL the request for help?
  • Topic Carpet alternatives -  flooring alternatives for busy community rooms – hypoallergenic and stain resistant alternatives?
  • Topic - IRS forms – the forms have attracted patrons in droves – but what problems are happening with the 1099?
  • Topic - Fear of Facebook –  the Web 2.0 is now becoming 3.0 and many librarians concerned with the implications of social networks  - how to cope with the changes?
  • Topic - Part-time employment – Wal-Mart — the future – Wal-Mart is making changes – some which parallel library trends – should we be concerned ?

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