Best of Publib Current Topics and Archives
This week in Best of Publib covers the week of February 1st through February 7th 2010. This week includes questions about collection development, thought-provoking discussions about social reference questions , library website development, and changes to library employment qualifications. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
- Topic » request for presentations ♦ Treasurer Edith Isele of ABOS requests presenters for the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services joint conference with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) in Denver, CO
- Topic » President’s budget freezes library funding, omits school libraries from education increase ♦ Dierdre Conkling reports on the budget freeze and failure to include school libraries in the education increase – Why are school libraries being devalued?
- Topic » Books by Mail ♦ Verdie Richburg wants to know how other libraries distribute books by mail – What are the procedures?
- Topic » Sneaky Library Card Users ♦ Wendy Wendt in Grand Forks, ND wants to know what other libraries do about parents using their children’s cards to check out books, when the parents are blocked by fines – What is the best practice?
- Topic » Using stats ♦ Nicole Pasini in San Mateo, CA wants to know how others use traffic and circulation statistics to plan and promote – Michael Golrick at the State Library of Lousiana recommends the methodology offered by the Georgia Libraries
- Topic » Oversized books ♦ Laurie McKee in Little Elm, TX is interested in learning how other libraries are arranging and defining oversize books – What is a big book?
- Topic » PC reservation and print management software ♦ Victoria Yarbrough in Douglas, AZ would like feedback on ALPS and Comprize software – What works for your library?
- Topic » Reference policy ♦ Kimberley A. Potter in Redford, MI is looking at ways to deal with patrons using reference services as a social contact – What is the best way to close social reference questions? At what point does social reference impede the library mission?
- Topic » Call for Participation for A Reference Renaissance 2010 ♦ Justine Shaffner of BCR promoted the Reference Renaissance event in Denver, CO Aug. 8-10 2010
- Topic » Relative Use ♦ Kathryn King in Fort Worth, TX is looking at how other library apply relative use in collection development / management
- Topic » Please sign petition to save Connecticut Law Library ♦ Paul Lohner – asks for help from the Library Community to stop the proposed dissolution of the Law Library in Bridgeport, CT
- Topic » CMS question ♦ Lisa Sheffield in Transylvania is researching redesigning library websites to include CMS – What advice do other librarians have for working with web design contractors? What content management systems work the best?
- Topic » Board Meetings ♦ Miranda Hapner asked for recommendations on revising Library Board Meeting procedures – Should recording be required?
- Topic » Member photos on ILS records ♦ Andy Richmond in Rye, NH is trying to balance privacy and service with accountability – Do you use photo IDs for your library cards?
- Topic » multiple copies second try ♦ Elizabeth Thorson in Laramie County Wy is looking at ways to get the most out of the materials budget – What strategies help match patron demand with supply?
- Topic » Vocera and other PCS systems ♦ Paul Mills is investigating personal wireless communication systems such as Vocera – If you have a personal wireless system, what do you like about it?
- Topic » Chatboards and message boards for librarians ♦ Margery is looking for recommendations on high traffic library communications similar to Teachers.net – Editors note : Although library lists such as publib have a large number of subscribers, the percentage of actual contributors is very low
- Topic » dominant personalities in bookclub discussions ♦ Grace Peterson in Ohio is leading a book discussion group and asks how to make sure everyone can participate – What do you recommend? Gigi Bane in Oak Ridge, TN has a great idea to pass the ball!
- Topic » Public program on southern plantations ♦ Lisa Guidarini in Algonquin, IL is investigating how to balance a library event on Southern Plantation Living while being sensitive to historic implications of slavery – What balance should be offered? What is the responsibility of the library?
- Topic » Library Employment Trends ♦ U of I Library Science student – Genevieve Henricks – asks pertinent questions about the future of the profession – How have qualifications changed over the past 10 years?
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