This Week in Best of Publib

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This week  in  Best of Publib includes some elegant and thoughtful discussions on filtering products, the future of Libraries as presented by CNN, tracking problem patrons, and the ever-popular sewage in libraries – some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic - Discontinuing Fax Service – How has this service evolved or devolved? What is the future of this technology? Just the fax ma’am.
  • Topic CNN on Libraries – The future of libraries is being ‘investigated’ by CNN – but is this really investigative journalism or biased pandering?
  • Topic - Cataloging Advance Reader Copy ARC – How should uncorrected advanced reader copies be cataloged? Should they?
  • Topic - Barracuda Filters and Others –  Blocking patron access and blocking spam – how well do the filters work? Filters ?- we don’t need no stinkin’ filters!
  • Topic Circulation on Multiple Floors –  What efficiency is lost or gained from providing circulation services on multiple floors?  Taking checkout to a higher level.
  • Topic - Have Advanced Reader Copies been Hit by the Economy?  Are advanced reader copies being replaced by electronic versions? What does this mean to reviewers?
  • Topic - Tracking Problem Patrons –  How do we balance the privacy issues of patrons against the need to maintain order?  What methods work the best?
  • Topic – Children’s library on the second floor – How well does this design work for children, their parents, and the library? Is it a good design? Hazards?
  • Topic - Sewage back-ups – Should libraries remain open while raw sewage creeps through the building? 

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Please note – there was an absence of Friday Humor by Joe Schallan this week, or maybe it just did not go through.  To offset, liberal use of Joe Friday references were made in this update.

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This Week in Best of Publib

Best of Publib Current Topics and Archives

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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Please note that the list moderator has notified the readership that you are not allowed to discuss Wal-Mart any more.   You know who you are.

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