Public Libraries

County library patrons doing a cushy job

Are comfy chairs an issue at your library?

Patti Brandt from the Bay City Times writes about the selection of chairs at the Bay County Library System:

\"Staff members there have been asking visitors for the last week or so to rate six different chairs on size, comfort and eye appeal...Thomas Birch, managing librarian of the Bay City Branch, said choosing a chair is a very subjective matter.\"Full Story

Smackdown at the Library

Bob Cox passed along a A Short Story on that WWF read-in that happened in MI the other day. WWF stars Stacy Keibler and Rhyno did the reading.


\"We\'re going for the reluctant reader, the male teenager that the WWF appeals to,\"

Librarians Becoming Reluctant Babysitters

The Seattle Public Library System has been forced to formulate a policy to address the issue of unattended children being left at its branches:

At the Columbia branch on Rainier Avenue South, young-adult librarian Sarah Webb recalled a 3-year-old who often came with an older sister and then was left alone, or three little girls from 5 to 8 years old who were being left at the library more than six hours a day. \"Sometimes they get bored,\" Webb said. \"They run out of stuff to do. They get antsy. They\'re here six hours with nothing to eat.\"

A formal policy would provide guidance for staffers, who have typically been trained in library science, not child welfare. . .

More from the The Seattle Times.

Where are the child welfare authorities? And ALA wonders why so few people are interested in public library work . . .

African Public Libraries: A Literature Survey

I missed this when it appeared in March - here\'s hoping it hasn\'t been posted before:

The African public library systems have failed to respond to the needs of their constituency. The problems faced by these systems are multi-faceted but can be divided into five broad categories: the introduction of an anachronistic and inappropriate colonial model, inadequate training of library staff, deficiencies in determining specific needs through analysis, lack of cooperation among agencies involved in library-related work, and the absence of sustained efforts to achieve an alternative framework. In this literature survey, these problems will be discussed and recommendations made for addressing some of the issues. A table will also be provided detailing the ideal African public library system.

More from LIBRES.

Public Libraries on Public Radio

\"Public Interest,\" a great Washington, D.C. local affairs radio show, profiled a number of area public libraries today:

It\'s a place where parents bring their children for storytime. Where senior citizens learn to surf the Web. And where families can rent their favorite DVDs. It\'s your local library. Join guest host Frank Stasio as he talks to directors from libraries around the Washington area about their role in the community.

You can find more information and listen in RealAudio here. It will be reaired tonight at 8PM for any Washingtonians out there.

(Ir)religious bricks in Redmond

Library
Juice
reprinted a story about religious
messages on bricks
at the King County (Redmond, WA) Public
Library
.

The original author responded to messages like \"Christ Died
For Our Sins. He Rose Again. 1
Cor 15:3-4
.\" by buying his own bricks: \"God Kills
Babies. Read 1
Samuel 15:3
. And God Is Love??\".

Inspired by this, a local has contributed not
only a photo
gallery
but has bought his own bricks, including
\"Socialize Microsoft\" and \"Worship a Daemon:
Run FreeBSD\".

And, no, it\'s not too late to get in on the
action
.

The changing role of libraries

The face of public libraries in the US is changing, according to this story from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New library buildings are designed for this new role.
\"People view libraries today more as \"information brokers,\" he said. Visitors expect a wider range of services, which includes access to computers, educational programs for children and places to meet and exchange ideas.\"

Salt Lake County Library Board Picks Own Chairman

Tanya writes \"Interesting news. I\'m not sure what I think about this, but it seems a bit strange. The Salt Lake County Library Board has hired its own Chairman to direct the library system.
Read the Full story \"


He ain\'t got no MLS. A 1979 geology and environmental science graduate of Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

Libraries Corner Market

For The Daily Mail & Guardian, Barry Streek writes...

\"A Western Cape development agency, Wesgro, has initiated a novel approach for providing would-be entrepreneurs with information on small enterprises by establishing \"business corners\" in local libraries. Chief economist, Wolfgang Thomas said, \'In the search for low-cost, sustainable models for the dissemination of information to entrepreneurs, libraries have come forward as an ideal institution, accessible to the public, equipped to store and disseminate information.\' Ummm, isn\'t that what we do anyway? [more...]

Now the Puzzled Here Can E-mail a Librarian

The public library in Rochester, NY has joined the E-Reference wave with their Ask a Librarian service. According to Larra Clark, spokeswoman for the ALA, \"More and more people are seeing the benefit of using a librarian because they are the experts in managing and disseminating information. We like to call librarians the ultimate search engines.\" [more...] from Rochester News.com

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