Best of Publib Current Topics and Archives
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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