Frank’s daffocils are coming up outside in the front courtyard. Spring can’t be too far behind although today is gloomy. I have picked up several good books fromt he Friends’ of the Library book sale and they are sitting by my reading chair waiting for me to come home and open them. What a good feeling to have a stack of new books to look through! Dee
Thanks to the Circuit Clerk’s office, the librariesof the county will be soon offering a safe place to file an on line order of protection. Although this can be done anyplace that there is access to the internet, libraries can and do provide an alternative place to do the filing. We should be able to have everything up and running within a week or so.
Librarians like information and data so we are constantly keeping something that may be of use. I suppose that is why we have embraced the digital world so easily– we can put everything in digital format. We soon will have the digital files of the original blueprints on line.
Our hearts are sad over the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. On a personal note, my husband and I are from Oregon and the town that my sister-in-law lives in is currently under a tsanami watch. We will constantly be in touch today.
Did you see the Chicago Tribune article about e-books. chicagotribune.com/libraryebook.
Harper Collins has decided to only let its e-books circulate 26 times before they disappear. So, that means that we have to buy another copy. The blogs are full of librarians up in arms about this decision. Lots of talk of boycotting Harper Collins. We buy books to reflect the needs of the DeKalb patrons, so I wonder what the future of e-books are for libraries. Right now they are “hot” so maybe in the future, the publishers will realize that people do check books out of libraries and then buy copies for themselves as well.
We have contracted with Overdrive to provide e-books for circulation– meaning you can check them out for free from the library. However, this morning’s New York Times has a disturbing article in the business section. Harper Collins is only going to allow 26 check-outs before we have to buy the book again– I suppose this is based on the average number of checkouts before a best seller falls apart. That’s another issue– books published in the 30′s and 40′s can still circulate becasue the paper was good and the binding was goo.
Anyway, we will have to buy another copy after 26 circualtions even though a digital book doesn’t wear out.
Several of us here at the library are voter registrars. The last day to register is March 8.
DeKalb Public Library has two notaries on staff. We will notarize your signature and all for free.
Currently we still carry some tax forms. Boy is it hard to do. We order forms in August and the come…. whenever. For example, we just got the 1040 federal instruction books. Patrons are angry with us becasue they assume we have some knowledge or inside track to the IRS. We don’t. How do you get your forms these days?