Florida Quality of Life

As I wrote about a few months ago, the State Legislature of Florida decided to force reductions of county budgets across the state. Our own county has reduced their budget by 3% from previous year. This has caused a great deal of discussion about which departments are essential and which are quality of life.

Awaiting the New Generation

I think there are some librarians that are a little too eager to abandon everything we have been doing for the last 130 years. But I also think we do need to be finding ways to move forward before we get left behind.

Not Competing with Blockbuster

bq.There are two related but distinct phenomena here. One is in-library gaming activities, including organized tournaments and open gaming time. The other is the circulation of games, gaming devices, and other gaming materials. The Ann Arbor District Library, which excels at gaming tournaments, does not circulate games.

Open Library

Remember all the discussions years ago about “Earth’s Largest Library(Building Earth’s Largest Library: Driving into the Future)”:http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ586397&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=eric_accno&accno=EJ586397?
bq.What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book–a key part of our planet’s cultural legacy.

Orange County Charges

There are those who have some concerns about a new program being offer to libraries by the Orange County Library System.
bq.Why? It’s not because OCLS has launched their own webinar series for staff — OCLS really should indeed do this and share their successes, because they are seriously doing some awesome stuff with e-learning and online training.

Gravity Bookshelf

If you’re library is going to be doing something like “inventing a new shelving scheme(Dropping Dewey)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2007/06/03/dewey in order to seem, like, really cool, why not do something, likely, really radical and re-engineer your very shelves?
bq.The Gravity Bookshelf is a piece of furniture with a design that you’ll love or hate, but either way you can’t deny its inherent practicality.

Dropping Dewey

Is the Dewey Decimal System going the way of the dinosaur?
bq.When the new Gilbert library opens next month, it will be the first public library in the nation whose entire collection will be categorized without the Dewey Decimal Classification System, Maricopa County librarians say.

Scare Tactics

bq.We’d be closing libraries. That’s what we’re talking about here. – “Carl Cool”:http://www.newssun.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=3&ArticleID=2991 When I wrote about the “library funding(Florida Library Funding)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2007/04/20/florida last week, I had no thought that they could possibly get worse. But that is the reality if the plan by our new governor were to go into effect.

100 Million Ipods

What many would consider a good day for Apple…
bq.Generally, Apple has very little use for anniversaries. Recent milestones-like 2006’s 30th anniversary of the company’s founding, the Mac’s 20th anniversary in 2004, and the iPod’s fifth anniversary last fall-passed without much official to-do from the company.