What I wish patrons would understand about library

Jerry Kuntz, Electronic Resources Consultant at Ramapo Catskill Library System writes: \" Recently I\'ve been involved in rolling out new public catalog software
(for about the 8th or 9th time in my career). This time we had a little
limited flexibility in customizing the interface, so we created an online
That survey ran its course for about 6 weeks, and some of the comments we
got are the same ones I heard at every library I\'ve worked in, no matter
what brand of software was being used. When we took the survey down I put up
a page explaining some things about it, but that got me thinking about all the
things I wish we could communicate to our patrons better about library
Here is my list of the top ten things I wish library users knew what we

Read on for his list, maybe you can add to it...


A Full Year's Worth Of Good PR

SomeOne sent over LaRue's Library Columns. Jamie LaRue, Library Director in Douglas CO, writes a weekly column that appears in the Douglas County News-Press and the Highlands Herald.
I post this as a great example of how to reach out to your community. The stories include:
Movies Can Encourage Kids to Read, Writing in the Margins, and Librarianship: Does it Get Any Better?


\'Nation\'s library\' welcomes public

Gary Price sent along This Washington Times Story on The Library of Congress. It\'s a nice look at the people and services that make the library a super place.


Student Skill Is Expected to Bolster Technology

Gary Deane tells us The NYTimes Says today\'s college students — the first truly wired generation — are far more Net-adept than the general population, and will graduate with expectations of a high-speed Internet world that could push the technology development of the workplace and the home. Nearly 75 percent of college students say they use the Internet more than they use the library to look for information; just 9 percent said they used the library more.

All Hail Generation Y.


Chapter and verse: a look at reader development

Aaron Tunn points out
The Age Says reader development is big in the United States, Britain and several European countries. Reader development projects and programs are often initiated and funded at government level and then attract significant sponsorship and philanthropic support.
At long last it has been recognised that the focus on literacy must stretch beyond the early school years, must translate into creative community action and must be cooperatively supported by book professionals and a range of organisations. Another light has gone on about the need for people to be confident, enthusiastic readers in order to function effectively in society. Clever countries need clever, highly literate people. Furthermore, libraries, publishers and booksellers want more people to buy, borrow and read books.


150th B-Day for Manchester Library

Britian\'s oldest public library just turned 150 years of age.

Manchester\'s pioneers took advantage of the 1850 Libraries Act which allowed local authorities to spend a penny in the pound on establishing a library.

The act provided no funds for books, so John Potter, the mayor, had a collection and raised £13,000 that included contributions from 22,000 working people.

Read the full story.

I guess this one in the States beats out the UK! U-S-A! U-S-A!


Libraries Offer Coffee,Food

Charles Davis sent along This guardian Story that says In an effort to get students to study outside their Internet-connected dorm rooms, college and university libraries are trying to make their facilities more attractive - whether that means offering food, comfier chairs or even personalized service.

There\'s also Lincoln libraries cozy up to coffee, that says branches have added a coffee and snacks cart to their range of services.


British Library gets 700-year-old Koran

The British Library has just added a copy of a 700-year-old Koran to its digitised library, reports this story from Ananova. It forms part of the Turning the Books Project, which uses touch-screen computers at the Library itself but also is available online. The Project also includes the Lindisfarne Gospels and a notebook of Leonardo Da Vinci\'s.


Is Microfilm Dead?

Sabrina from writes \"The Growth of Digital Image Archives: Can We Toll the Bell for Microfilm?
A number of companies have joined the growing trend to digitize newspapers, allowing users to search, print, and browse original digital images from the complete archives of publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Joan E. Thomas reviews the range of content and search features offered by four publishers.
See the September 2 issue of\"


Enjoy A Pint and A Book

Interestering Story out of the UK where The Shoulder of Mutton pub at Fulford, near Stone, is opening up a library in response to the declining range of services available to the local community.
Enterprising landlord Ken Brayford and his wife Kathleen have stocked specially-installed shelves at the pub with more than 400 books donated by regulars.



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