Monthly Archives: June 2009

Thinking like a Patron

Thinking like a patron can be really hard to do.  The longer we work in libraries the more entrenched we get in the lingo and practices of our business.  But that doesn’t make it any easier for our users. I recently … Continue reading

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Orem (UT) Public Library

While I was in Utah this week, Louise Wallace (aren’t those stained glass windows gorgeous!) from the Orem Public Library gave me a tour of their facility.  It’s a lovely building – 62,000 square feet in two wings with three stories.  … Continue reading

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New Roving Reference and Assistive Technology Tools

Back in the days when libraries weren’t quite so busy, if I didn’t have a constant stream of questions at the reference desk, I’d get bored and start trawling the stacks for people who looked confused.  I was delighted when we got … Continue reading

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Mental Illness and Homelessness in Public Libraries

I was just catching up on some professional reading and came across a couple of articles in Public Libraries that are so relevant in these difficult times.  Unfortunately, the 2009 issues aren’t freely available online, but track down a copy of … Continue reading

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Reference Statistics?

Lately, we’ve heard so much about increased library use due to the economy. Computer use, program attendance, circulation and visits are way up, but I haven’t heard much about reference statistics.  Before I came to work for BCR I worked in … Continue reading

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The Web and the Book

Kindle sales are revving up, and now that they have a larger version that won’t make us all blind, this may well be the future of reading.  If nothing else, Kindle saves a lot of trees.  So since we’re reading … Continue reading

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New BCR Blogs

While The Librarian is IN is exclusively about public libraries, BCR has several other blogs with much content  relevant to public librarians, especially catalogers, trainers and local historians as well as marketing, public relations, IT and e-resources staff.  I’ve already mentioned Get Used, our marketing blog, but … Continue reading

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