Weeding Advice

bq.Sometimes librarians think a book that hasn’t been checked out in decades is seldom used. But many books are consulted in the stacks without being borrowed; if those books are not there, they will have to be obtained by more labor-intensive and costly methods.

My Noisy Library

We just had a visitor tell us that our library was too noisy, that it was all the fault of the staff, that her library in South Carolina was much quieter, that she didn’t want to hear any more excuses, and she was writing a letter to the newspaper to complain.


Want to use cutting-edge technology to turn your library back into the silent abode of yesteryear? “Babble(Babble: a real cone of silence)”:http://www.lifehacker.com/software/productivity/babble-a-real-cone-of-silence-105487.php may be just what you are looking for. I can’t wait for the price to come down on this so I can try one out.

USB Drives @ Your Library

bq.I received a phone call from a neighboring library yesterday. The pleasant woman on the phone asked if we allow patrons to use flash drives on our computers. I replied in the positive, and asked why they prohibited this. Guess what she said?

National Library Week

It has begun and LisNews has some “resources(National Library Week)”:http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=05/04/10/1315216 to mark the occasion. If that isn’t enough, go read some more “news(National Library Week)”:http://news.google.com/news?q=National%20Library%20Week&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=wn.

Making Judgments

I don’t always get around to reading American Libraries right when it arrives. After reading earlier about the later “Michael Gorman missives(Google at the Gates?)”:http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=05/03/08/1330209, I couldn’t resist breaking the shrinkwrap the first chance I got. What I haven’t seen mentioned was the attack on blogging in the editorial.

Upgrading Day

Our system is down today while we are upgrading today. This makes me very popular as I have a somewhat better grasp of the Dewey Decimal System than most of our staff. Of course, I also know how to cheat and check other online catalogs for the specific number when I am not sure.

Cellphone Jammers

If they weren’t “illegal(Black-market cellphone jammers selling fast)”:http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000020032674/, I bet a lot of libraries would buy one. I know ours would. And that is really unfortunate. Update: I just had to ask someone to cut off their conversation. Nextel are the worst.

Open Stacks Podcast

I have been listening to a few podcasts the last few weeks (it beats anything on the radio these days). Several of them have been very informative. But the one I have enjoyed the most thus far is by Greg Schwartz of “Open Stacks(Open Stacks: Podcast Archives)”:http://openstacks.net/os/archives/cat_podcast.html.

Unsympathetic Aaron

As a long-time user of Lance Lavery’s “legendary product(Library Timer 2.0)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2001/08/timer, I had to laugh when I read what Aaron had to “say(Questionable Sympathy)”:http://www.aaronisnotamused.com/blog/index.php/archives/2004/05/20/203/. Maybe I should tell him about how well it works in combination with “RSHUT(Introduction in RSHUT Pro)”:http://www.rtsecurity.com/products/rshut/, which I have been using so long I still have the original freeware version.