We have several employees who have worked here at the library for 15 years or more. What changes we have seen– from the card catalog to Internet, to e-books, to computer word processing for the public. The mission remains the same– to level the playing field for every citizen by providing access to knowledge to everyone . I wonder what changes the next 15 years will bring.
Did you know that when you get a library card now, the card comes with a key ring “card” as well? So you can have your library card on your keyring and always have it with you.
The grant application is due on February 1 and we are working hard. The featured title will be The Maltese Falcon. We have all seen the movie, right? When you read the book, I sure could hear Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade.
Starting this week, we will be featuring some mini collections in the fiction room. We will have Oprah Book Club books on a cart and African American fiction writers on a cart. Check on it tomorrow.
We had our first “webinar” yesterday with the sales folk from Overdrive. We anticipate getting this to you asap– but it may be as much as 8-10 weeks! We need to train staff and select our material first. Depending on the price, we may have downloadable audio books here as well as our current Net LIbrary and downloadable music and even some video. All sounds great.
What a dreaded word “updates” has become. We do love our computers, networks, social media and word processing but…. we will be down maybe half a day on Monday the 17th and then on two days in February– the 15 and 16th. The DeKalb Public Library has no control over this because this is a system wide updating of the ciruclation software on Monday and again in February. So all libraries in the system will be down as well. No Internet either. We can still check materials out via pencil and paper but that will be about all.
We will be celebrating the library building’s 80th birthday on February 13. Music, food and of course, books. More details to come.
We will soon be a product called Overdrive that will allow you to “check out” e-books from your library. We have to take the training but I anticipate sooner rather than later.
First Book (firstbook.org) addresses a basic problem facing poor kids in America: They don’t have books. One study found that in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
Di you get an e-reader for Christmas or a holiday gift? The library is purchasing a product called Overdrive that allows patrons to download e-books. However, because the “fair use” provisions of the copyright law do not allow more than one user at a time to download an e-book, only one person at a time can use the service. And it is very expensive. So we need to decide what to do. We just can’t wait until the fair use issues are resolved so that electronic readers can enjoy the same resources that print readers can.