Our Director was so excited over the Express/Self-Service Checkout demonstrations she saw at ALA this year that she has been wanting to do the same thing around here. So… !http://photos31.flickr.com/36296138_3379197fc5_m.jpg(ExpressCheck)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelkpate/sets/802323/ As you can see, we are just beginning to get started today. Reaction from the staff and our patrons has been quite positive. What this isn’t about is making do with less staff (we are actually going to be increasing one position when the new fiscal year begins in October). What this is about is improving the experience for anyone who wants to use library services. I can’t wait to see what things are like when we really get going.
By Michael K Pate
Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.
Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.
Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.
He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.
However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.
In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.View Archive →