Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Who cares about libraries?

I got my name in lights with notcelebrity.co.uk

Remember - then and now

Originally uploaded by Subigan
On 9/11 my son, a firefighter in the U.S. Coast Guard was stationed at Cape May, New Jersey. As soon after the tragedy as they could get clearance he and a few of his co-workers arrived at ground zero to help in the rescue effort. When he called home he said in the most quiet and somber voice "there are no words to describe this."

The 6th anniversary of this terrorist attack will soon be upon us. Remember those who lost so much on 9/11. Remember too those who continue to put their lives at risk for their fellow man. Our military, our police, our firefighters. I'm very proud of my son who is now a firefighter in Baltimore City. He has chosen a most noble profession.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog
Originally uploaded by aubreecaraline
I used to have a Bernese Mountain dog and everyone would ask me what they looked like. This is an easy way to share that info.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Day 2 and counting

Here I am on day two of my life as a blog master. Continuing down the list of tasks in 23 things I spent about 15 minutes checking out Flickr and wishing that each branch of the library had been given a digital camera before starting this project. It would have been nice to have been able to run around trying to capture some interesting photos to post. I guess I'll have to borrow someone's personal camera. Oh well......................(sigh)

Monday, July 16, 2007

I care about libraries - that's who!

Okay, so this is my first post to my first blog. Why am I bothering? Because I care about the future of libraries. If libraries are going to remain relevant in people's lives we need to start responding more readily to both their needs and desires. How many times do we create policies that are more focused on protecting our resources than serving the needs of our customers? Does your library lend out your expensive print reference materials? Probably not. Have you ever photocopied a page or two and faxed it to a customer. Yes? Good for you - and for everyone still using 1980's technology. Now, have you thought of investing in a scanner (or using the scanner you bought, but didn't know why) so you could digitize snippets of information in the reference books and push it to the customer via their email (complete with citation of course). No? I bet this is a service some of our customers would really appreciate and it could be done fairly easily and inexpensively. What are your thoughts?