Monthly Archives: May 2009

Library Gardening

Spring is here and while thoughts may turn to “flowers” (beautiful new materials), it’s a good time to make sure your library “garden” has space so “flowers” can be seen and appreciated.  So weed out the dead and useless debris … Continue reading

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Another Threat to Library Funding

So many libraries and librarians are so very frugal.  They are careful to stay within their budgets, not ask for too much, supplement operating expenses with grants, donations and volunteers and keep salaries low.  When times are bad they accept … Continue reading

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Privacy and Patrons – A Non Issue?

When I worked in a public library, patron privacy was a top priority for me, but now that I’m no longer at one every day, my ideas about privacy have morphed considerably.  OK, I admit to being too lazy to … Continue reading

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Your Place in History

When print on demand books became an option did anyone guess that a good marketing technique for them would be that they can be easily personalized?  The Obama Time Capsule lets you (or someone you want to honor, delight, compliment or send … Continue reading

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Advocacy Article

There have been so many articles supporting libraries lately, but this one from Kenneth C. Davis (of the Don’t Know Much About _____ books) really does a wonderful job of making our case. Thanks to Linda Tillson for posting this … Continue reading

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COUNTER and SUSHI for Usage Statistics

Trying to get usage statistics has long been the bane of electronic resources collection development librarians.  Some databases are so costly that you want to make sure they are really being used and serving the needs of patrons.  And these … Continue reading

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23 Things for Patrons?

Many of us have had the opportunity to do (or have at least heard about) the 23 Things training originally developed by Helene Blowers of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.  It’s a training program developed to give library … Continue reading

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