Ogden Farmers’ Public Library

Last October, I made a road-trip back through my hometown of Rochester, NY to my grandparents’ farm, upstate, in Potsdam.  As I went, I revisited some of the libraries I grew up visiting, as well as some others, just to take a look at the way things are done elsewhere.  I’ll post some of my photos and thoughts here, starting with the Ogden Farmers’ Public Library located in the Village of Spencerport, Town of Ogden.

Out of all the libraries I visited on this trip, the Ogden Farmers’ Public Library reminded me most of the library I work at, the Greenwood Public Library.  Everything was bright and clean (regardless of my poor photography skills), with adequate space for study and reading.  The layout took into consideration the ways patrons would use the space.  And the collection certainly didn’t seem to lack anything.

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Reading area.

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Computers.

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New books. We’ve just switched ours from tall shelves to shorter ones like these, as well. At first, patrons thought we’d removed books from the section. But actually, we’ve got room for more, because they aren’t all faced out anymore.

Research.

Videos

Videos.

Genealogy. The card catalog indexes all the names in the local high-school yearbooks, volume and page number. I found my father's. The shelves around it contain other local history documents and books.

Genealogy. The card catalog indexes all the names in the local high-school yearbooks, volume and page number. I found my father’s. The shelves around it contain other local history documents and books. Greenwood doesn’t have a genealogy section, only a small collection of highschool yearbooks, and drawer full of local leaflets. We tend to refer patrons to the Johnson County Historical Society.

Wall separating the children's area from the adult's.

Wall separating the children’s area from the adult’s.

Close-up of seating built into the wall.

Close-up of seating built into the wall.

Coffee machine next to the catalog.  Pods were on sale at the desk for $1.00.

Coffee machine next to the catalog. Pods were on sale at the desk for $1.00.

Community coupon board.  I'm stealing this!

Community coupon board. I’m stealing this!

The only two criticisms I would have would be A: the windows open to the tech services area;

On one hand, I think it’s great to let patrons see the work that goes on behind the scenes. But on the other, the functional disorder of a well-used work area contrasts with the immersive atmosphere of the rest of the library.

and B: the constricted space for teens.

Although, the library shares the building with the community center, so perhaps the teens have another outlet for more active programming.

This was my first stop on the trip, and I didn’t yet have quite a handle on the things I wanted to know more about.  I didn’t ask a lot heavy questions here, so I don’t really know how service-oriented the staff is.  But the woman I talked to at the desk was happy to tell me all about the coffee machine.  (Do I have my priorities straight, or what?)  They did have at least one large programming room that I didn’t take a close look at.  The Children’s area was at least a third of the size of the whole library.  I wish I had thought to take an exterior shot, as well as an open shot of the floor, over-all.  And I didn’t think to ask about programs and computer classes, either.

You can visit the Ogden Farmers’ Public Library’s website here: http://www.ogdenlibrary.com/

Their policies are here: http://www.ogdenlibrary.com/policies–forms.html

And their annual reports are here: http://www.ogdenlibrary.com/annual-reports.html

 

Library-related consumerist comment thread

The story about a Wisconsin library loaning out iPads has been reported on a couple of different blogs.  Here it is on Library Stuff with embedded video from the library’s local news.  But what I want to direct you to is the comment thread following the Consumerist story.  Granted, those commenting aren’t local patrons of that specific library, but their comments still provide an interesting perspective of  what library users think of the program.  Which leads me to wonder, is there a difference between tailoring services to what patrons need and tailoring services to what patrons think about the library’s services?

Kickstarter a resource for libraries and librarians?

Woot!  Is school back in session, or what?  I am filled with solutions!

Are libraries using Kickstarter to fund projects?  I searched the site for “library” and got one truly library-related hit.  There’s a writing and publishing category, but it’s filled with people wanting to publish their books.

Does funding library projects contradict the “no charities” guideline?  Whether it does nor not, I think that rule is kind of dumb.  Maybe someone ought to come along and create a new and improved version of Kickstarter, for projects that benefit more than just the project creator.

Libraries and Subscription TV?

Somebody asked me about my interest in food, and I got to thinking about all the foodie TV shows I love to watch.  My family watches all of our TV online, and I’ve pretty much had to give up on Top Chef, because it’s been placed rather securely behind a pay-wall.  Fox has put Master Chef behind a pay-wall too, but not a permanent one.  You just have to wait an extra week to watch online.  I’m OK with that.  And Fox doesn’t go out of its way as diligently as Bravo does to remove copyright infringing material from YouTube.  You don’t have to look as hard to find Fox shows as you do for Bravo shows.  Not that I would ever go looking for anything like that, of course!

But I began to wonder – libraries maintain subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and scientific journals.  They subscribe to research databases and websites, offering free access to patrons.  Are there libraries that subscribe to pay TV services and offer free access to patrons, the way they would subscribe to Ancestry.com?

Television access wasn’t such a big deal when you made one payment to one company.  You made a choice.  Either you watched or you didn’t, and if you chose to watch, you had access to everything that was available in your area.  But now, with television becoming available online from many different providers each requiring a separate fee, the library seems like the best way to obtain access to the widest variety of pay TV subscriptions, just as libraries provide access to the widest variety of journal subscriptions.

I’m not aware of any libraries offering access to television, beyond circulation of DVDs.  But that could be it, I’m just not aware.  I think it would be fun, though, visiting a community TV room to watch Top Chef with bunch of fellow foodies.

Has anyone else heard of subscription TV at the library?  And would you use such a service?

Webelos Library Scholar Search Program

Here are the materials for a library program targeted to Webelos working to earn their scholar badge.  It’s intended to familiarize the boys with library research tools and methods as they research the history of schools.  The materials include a promotional flyer and an annotated bibliography of resources presented during the program.

Webelos Library Scholar Search Program Flyer (.doc)
Webelos Library Scholar Search Program Flyer (.pdf)
Webelos Library Scholar Search Handout (.doc)
Webelos Library Scholar Search Handout (.pdf)

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PPT Presentation – How to Open an Email Account Tech Tools Project

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I promised one of my classmates.  This presentation walks patrons through the process of opening a new email account.

How To Open an Email Account (.ppt)
How To Open an Email Account (condensed .pdf)

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Thanks for sticking with me, folks.

I packed the kid up to tour the grandparents this morning. I hope to spend this next week that I have the house to myself making up for lost time here, at least until my husband gets back from delivering said child. I want to get those projects I mentioned posted.

Another reason that posting here has been so lax lately is that I get SO ANGRY every time I see the whole “what should we do about libraries” issue come up in the media. Those sources that aren’t produced by people in the library field obviously have no clue about what libraries and librarians do, yet those sources come across as experts to the general public, just by virtue of having claimed a corner for their soap box.

I can’t remember what it was or where I read it about it, because it made me so angry I didn’t bother noting it down. But I read that some municipality was doing away with some other service that EVERYONE knows NOBODY uses anymore (you know, except people who can’t afford otherwise) and I thought, “That’s one more service that will move into the libraries.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad libraries can provide access to these services. But I wholeheartedly WISH that libraries could only be warehouses for printed books, like so many people with the “solution” to the library “problem” still seem to believe libraries are. There simply is no other format as efficient for archiving information, in terms of hundreds of years, as paper and ink. That fact alone makes libraries worth funding. But really, that’s the just about the last thing libraries do anymore. There really is no library “problem” of obsolescence, and I can’t help wondering how much this manufactured debate is framed and controlled by the publishing industry.

Of course, every librarian knows that when you’re doing research you need to evaluate sources. But I think we’re just as likely as the next person to forget about sources when charging into full-on defense of libraries in response to articles online. Maybe it would be a good idea to put some of our research skills into figuring out where this “debate” is coming from, who’s behind it, and where the money is. Even the politicians trimming local budgets are on some lobbyist’s payroll.

Next up: privatization. (shudder)

Twitter project summary

What do you think about using one of these microblogging tools?

It was kind of interesting. Some people put it to really good use. Others do not. I didn’t ever have a Twitter account until this project. I didn’t see the point. I still don’t really see it as necessary, but I think it’s more useful than I realized.

Did you find it easy to find people to follow, especially after a list of examples was given?

I didn’t even look at the list of examples until a few minutes ago. When I signed up back in session 8, I immediately set out to determine if there was a limit to the number of people I could follow. I haven’t found it yet. Although honestly, I didn’t try to find more after that one afternoon. But I found plenty of organizations I’m interested in following. I think I’ll use it much more for reading than posting.

Who are three people or organizations you starting following and why did you follow them? Have you found their posts helpful?

I started following Roger Ebert after viewing the video from his speech at the Ted Conference. Of course, his movie reviews have always been interesting. I’ve watched him on TV since the 80s. But since losing his voice to cancer, I find much of his writing extremely profound (and humorous). Although, the amount of updating he does can overwhelm everything else.

I had to follow Stephen Colbert after the #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag he started mocking Jon Kyl. But Stephen doesn’t update as often as I’d like.

Um…who else? I follow about 200 people, from Yoko Ono to the Justice Department.

What kinds of uses do you see you might have for microblogging? Have you already found some uses for it?

What uses might I see I might have for it? I could see it being a less time consuming and distraction substitute for my RSS feed. It’s very handy for publicizing things I’m doing elsewhere online. My blog automatically updates Twitter. I like to think I’ve found a couple of followers that way, but I doubt it. I think they’re all just follow-back and spam.

Edit: Forgot to mention my Twitter username. It’s jolibrarytech. That’s my YouTube username as well.

My YouTube Project Video

OK, this is a little late, because I had to stop in the middle to watch the President.

Anyway, here’s my video. I wanted to put my Tom Petty/Heart mashup here, but it’s not finished yet. So, admittedly, I threw this together at the last minute:

All the drawing and singing was provided by (and copyright by, lol) my son!

Who owns cultural property?

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Museums and Cultural Property Forum

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | 01:30 PM-03:00 PM
Where: University Library – Lilly Auditorium

This forum will explore current issues in the museum field related to the ownership and display of antiquities and other cultural property.  IUPUI Museum Studies graduate students will pose questions to Dr. James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Dr. Maxwell Anderson, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and to join the discussion.

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