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Kate has a question for the Hive Mind here @Your LISNews:
"My question is are their any standards on giving out information on "hot button" issues like abortion? Can we legally give out information to a fourteen year old girl that wants to know how much pennyroyal one should injest to have an abortion?"
Here's a letter to the Friends of the Library USA--If you have suggestions for this librarian/friend, I will pass them on...
I am new to the (FOLUSA) list. I have some questions and I need advice!
I am a Reference Librarian at a small public library in Ohio. I am also helping out our Friends of the Library organization. We have a very small and inactive Friends group and are working on getting it started up again.
I have volunteered to help sort books in our Friends'Room.It is a disaster! We have books everywhere! Some are in poor condition and will be pitched soon. The librarians on staff (including me) have been instructed to continue weeding to make room for a planned renovation this spring.
We will have 2 Friends' Book Sales- one in May and one in Sept. We need to make room for future donations and the weeded books.
My questions are 1) What do your groups do with the overflow of books? (throw them away? give them away?)
2) Are there limitations to what can be done with the books? We are not allowed (by state law) to give away books the library has weeded. They are considered state property and cannot be given away. Why? I don't know. 3) If your group throws the books away, how do you dispose of them so the "public" doesn't perceive you are wasting tax payer dollars?
Any ideas about what to do with all the extra books?
We have some but are looking for other venues as well.
Thank you in advance
Ohio Public Library Friend!
I'm putting together a list of the top "must read" library blogs for 2007. Like our 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 list from last year, I don't want this to be my list, I want the list to reflect a wide a range of opinions.
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there? Someone made a suggestion, and attached this note: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that get read even when time is short."
Send me your list, or leave a comment below.
Your list need not be complete, fair, or even have more than one blog listed. I'm looking for a few names from everyone so the final list is a good reflection of what many people think about our little online world.
Note: We all know LISNews is obviously the single most important web site in the entire history of the internet, so therefore I won't be including it on any final list.
Second Note: Anyone who made it to 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 won't be included in 2007.
Update: 01/09 16:14 GMT by B :I've been getting many more votes than I thought I would, so thanks! I'll update this one more time, and close voting later in the week, so keep them coming. So far there's one clear favorite (Hint: He has the longest hair in the profession), a few new blogs I hadn't seen before, and a few more that have some fans out there. I can already tell it'll be tough to choose the final 10.
Update: 01/12 03:11 GMT by B :This will be the last day for voting. I'll get the list posted sometime next week.
Update: 01/16 12:58 GMT by B : While I think I'm done, I also think it's not yet too late for changes.
I have a book guy, an agregator, a warm and fuzzy, an academic, a webby, an organization, a geek, a geekette, a token, and some darn kids. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that paint picture of what's going on in our little world. Consider this a last minute call for new ideas. I'll post the final list by Friday. Send me your list quick if you think I missed someone.
cjovalle writes "I'm currently a doctoral student in LIS and one of the members of ALA's Copyright Advisory Network. I've had the pleasure of helping people answer questions about copyright and helping to teach people about copyright issues as a result of my interests. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways to measure the effects of changes in copyright law to libraries and educational institutions. My questions to you are, what do you think the biggest copyright-related challenges are for different types of libraries? What are the right questions to ask about libraries and copyright? Thanks! Any responses appreciated, here or at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Hindsight is 20/20, but let's test the LISNews foresight... What's ahead for our profession in 07?
Mergers? More blogs? Library 3.0?
We'll look back at our predictions in a year, and see who had the best ideas.
I'm passing along a request I read on my discussion board for Friends of the Library USA...John Gear writes to FOLUSA :
I'm with the Friends of Lansing Libraries (Lansing, MI).
We're considering underwriting with our local NPR affiliate in return for acknowledgments. We can't afford their regular rotation schedules, so I thought that maybe we could get some extra mileage out of fewer spots by placing them on key dates in library history, such as the day that Franklin's library was founded in Philadelphia, etc. etc. etc.
Problem is, I'm having a hard time finding such a list. Does anyone have one or know of a good pointer to where I might find such a thing?
E. Forbes Smiley III was sentenced to three and half years for stealing over 100 extremely valuable maps from several libraries and selling them for his personal profit. Here's the Hartford Courant's editorial on the punishment that was meted out to him.
What's your opinion? In this day and age when anyone can and does sell anything on the internet, what controls (if any) can internet companies set on the sale of someone else's property? How can we prevent this sort of thing from happening again and again?
Deane Barker writes "I am contemplating a Masters in LIS. I really want a Masters in Content Management (as discussed here), but an LIS degree seems to be the closest thing to it. However, I'm wondering about my level of interest and/or passion for LIS. What I'd like is for the community to recommend two or three of the seminal books in the LIS field, so that I can read them and see if any of it "trips my trigger," so to speak. So, what books can the community recommend that pass the following test: 'If you love this book, then an LIS degree is just what you're looking for.'? Put another way, if you had to represent an LIS degree in a single book, which one would it be?"
Woody Evans writes "Hi LISNews,I've long looked for a good single archival search engine that would pick up public domain materials, image and text repositories, archival collections, etc. but have never found one that can do everything I want it to. So I'm trying to build one. I've started to train a "swicki" search engine called "archival media" (at this link: http://archival-swicki.eurekster.com/). These swickis learn from the searches performed in them and from the sites suggested by searchers -- and who better to train this thing than librarians? "
Anonymous Patron writes "I used to have a couple of cds, videos and dvds in my school library which i left them lying around on the shelf, but recently someone donated a large amount of these items to the library and frankly i don't know what kind of classification to adopt Can anyone help me?(most of them are fiction)"