forget timed access, we need crowd control software
That's the conclusion I came to last night. Only thing is, no one seems to make that. It would be great stuff, I'm sure.
Imagine the market it would have.
Side note, nothing to do with libraries: Monster the pekingese has gotten himself stuck on the computer desk. He stepped up to take a nap on the lower shelf (literally a small doggie step, even for his stunted self) and now he can't seem to figure out how to get down. It's hard to have a brain the size of a pea.
I thought long and hard about our problem with crowd control, and the only sure solution is to shut off the computers between certain hours. I think I mentioned in a journal way way back that people were going to have unrealistic expectations of the timed access software.
The fact of the matter is, we're just peeling back layers of issues we have. We are close to many schools. Parents think we are a day care center. There aren't enough after school programs in the community. We have limited resources, limited space, and limited staff. So we have to do the best with what we have, of course. And sometimes that means doing stuff that isn't necessarily ideal in anyone's eyes. I don't want to have to limit the access like I am going to suggest. But I feel we have no choice in order to be fair to other patrons. They are complaining.
Side note, nothing to do with libraries: Monster the peke still hasn't figured out how to get off his shelf, so he's given up and is going back to sleep. How I long to be the dog some days.
Today I have a meeting in Boston. Actually, more of a schmoozing event. I am not a good schmoozer, but the girl I am going with is nice and a good talker. I'm sort of shy, and not a good talker.
I am glad this week is a Friday off week for me. Phew. I think I need it after the trauma of yesterday.