April 16, 2007

PR for Rob

Rob got a nice write-up on the SLIS news page (and kindly dropped my name):

Robert Boyd joins library commission after LIBR 200 field study

BTW, the MH Times had a lovely editorial last Friday on the new library, New Morgan Hill Library is a Wonderful Project (subscription required):

As the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library near the end of their fundraising efforts and as National Library Week approaches, there's no better time to laud the work of the Beyond Books Campaign and to remind the community that there's still time to support the cause.

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April 15, 2007

National Library Week 2007

National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries, librarians and library workers and to promote library use and support. This year it runs from April 15-21. Here in town, we got a proclamation passed by our mayor announcing the week (it'll be presented at Wednesday's city council meeting) and I promised to bring them a cake. At work, we're having an open house in our library on Thursday and will be tabling in our SF office during lunch on Wednesday.

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April 07, 2007


We did one last day of fundraising efforts at the library today, setting up a table outside and trying to raise awareness (and hand out goodies) to everyone coming in and out.


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April 04, 2007

Hardhat Tour

We had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour of the new library tonight -- along with the rest of the library commission and city council. It is going to be a really fantastic space!!! Here are a few photos:


8 weeks until opening!!!

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Once Upon a Mushroom

The front page of yesterday's Morgan Hill Times featured an article about one of the sculptures the Beyond Books Committee is raising money for. The article is restricted -- Once Upon A Mushroom -- but you can see one of the photos before having to log in. The piece had a nice box talking about the campaign -- we've raised about $140,000 out of our $180,000 goal. We're trying to wrap up the fundraising by May 1 to have time to get the donors names onto the donor wall, etc. before the big opening on July 21.

Here's a similar (but unrestricted) version from the Gilroy Dispatch -- Sculpture Will Greet Visitors to Morgan Hill's Library though since its the next town over they don't give the nice information about how to contribute.

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March 23, 2007

Potential Westport Library Expansion

Nice article in the Westport News about plans to expand the library there:

Library Explores Possible Renovation and Expansion

Next year marks the library's 100th anniversary, and many of the board and advisory council members hope that the milestone will help with some of the fund-raising challenges. Library Advisory Council member Ann Sheffer said she thinks that a renovation and expansion could "just really remind everyone that for the last 100 years, what a wonderful place this has been."

Personally I'm glad our new library fundraising efforts here are drawing to a close -- the library is set to open this summer and we're doing one last push for contributions (get yours in by May 1st to be assured your name is in the program, on the donor wall, etc.)

In other family clippings, here's Brian on ClickZNews: Mobile Was the Message at South-by-Southwest Fest.

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March 04, 2007

LibraryThing Piece

Since two of you have already sent me this article this morning (thank you Mom and Brian), I thought I should blog it so the rest of you know that I have in fact seen in by now. :)

Novelties: A Cozy Book Club, in a Virtual Reading Room
Social networks that tap the interests and buying power of traditionally reserved groups like the bookish are a small but growing force on the Web.

And no, despite meaning to for ages, I haven't had time to add my collection to the site, but certainly know many people who have.

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February 26, 2007

Online Course

I started an online course today on teaching online courses, the prerequisite for my teaching a class this summer on Blogs and RSS at the library school. I'm really excited about the course and interested in finding out all sorts of tips and tricks to improve the course I'll be teaching (and thankfully they delayed the start of the class until after Puzzle Day and it ends the day I leave for Europe, so it squeezes right into my available time...)

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February 02, 2007

MH Times Coverage of BBC

The Morgan Hill Times has a piece today covering the progress of the Beyond Books Campaign (raising money for the new library)

New Library Receives $30,000 from Donors: "A campaign to raise money for artwork and equipment for the new Morgan Hill library recently got a big push from three big-hearted donors."

No mention of the BBC's next big fundraiser... Puzzle Day! (which is coming on Feb 24, if you've forgotten.. which is 3 weeks from tomorrow) ... but our ads should start running in Tuesday's edition.

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January 02, 2007

GetTech in the Gilroy Dispatch

The Get Tech at the Library program is written up in the Gilroy Dispatch and I was interviewed for the article:

Library Entices Girls to Get Involved in Science

Santa Clara County Library grant writer Emily Reich Shem-Tov calls the program "bringing a piece of the Tech Museum to our local library."

"I actually wrote it for a class because I have been involved with the Tech Museum for many years," she said.

Shem-Tov attended library school and was looking to foster collaboration with organizations such as the Tech Museum. She took a grant writing class and talked to people in the Tech Museum as well as the libraries.

"It's just so exciting to see two great community resources reach so many more people together," Shem-Tov said.

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December 09, 2006

Physics of Roller Coasters

We stopped by the library to get a sneak peak at their Physics of Roller Coasters program, part of the Get Tech at the Library series (since I like to see how that's going...) It looked like a lot of fun -- I'm so excited they're actually bringing Tech Challenges into the libraries (the staff even had super cool t-shirts!)


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November 18, 2006

SLIS Career Fair

slispanel.jpgDespite my cold, I seem to have managed to get through my little talk at today's SLIS career fair. The web cast is up at http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/ (SLIS Audio and Video -> Under "General Media", go to "SLIS Events") I'm a couple of minutes into part II (Roseanne introduces me at 6min in) It was a lot of fun and may lead to some other interesting things in the future (fingers crossed).

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October 25, 2006

Westport Library Book Blog

I've been so excited to see that the Westport Public Library started a book blog but haven't had a chance to blog about it (the timing of finding out about it was bad, but I've been subscribed to the feed.) I noticed a post last week about mysteries featuring psychics and left a comment about the Ophelia and Abby Mystery series featuring a psychic librarian (I've blogged about it before and I think Susan read it at that point) But anyway, I happened to check back on the site today (since I saw their post about Triangle -- which we had read in bookclub) and noticed a comment after my comment responding that they bought the whole series for the library! How cool is that! (Disclaimer - its not a great series, but who can resist a mystery with a psychic librarian!)

Mom -- you should read Triangle and then go hear Katherine speak there on Wednesday, November 15 at noon. And I think Aunt Susan would like the book as well.

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October 04, 2006

Building Progress

Check out the latest views of the new library!


Live web cam link

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August 15, 2006


I found out at the commission meeting last night that the library seems to have received the grant I helped with to "Get Tech at the Library." (I had written the original version for my Fund Development class in library school) I don't see any information about it yet on the California State Library site, but am hoping they make a big splash about it soon. I am so excited that the library and the Tech Museum will be working together on some things, plus there were all sorts of other pieces like scifi bookclubs for tweens that I hope made it into the final version. Congrats to them!

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August 12, 2006

Friends of the Library Volunteer Reception

Stopped by the lovely volunteer appreciation reception at the library and saw the usual gang of favorite library-supporter types. They did a really lovely job with the event -- we each got to choose a new book that was being added to the collection and put a book plate with our name in it. I chose one with chocolate recipes.


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July 19, 2006

Congrats to Jean!

Congrats to Jean who, not surprisingly at all, just got offered a fantastic sounding academic librarian job. She's one of the smartest, coolest and most interesting people I've ever met -- and certainly one of the very best librarians I've come across! Best of luck to her -- it's just too bad its all the way back East (but that's where she wanted to be).

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July 16, 2006

Afternoon in Tuscany

The Friends of the Library event was a great success, with over 100 people, 13 local authors, book sale, silent auction and an absoultely gorgeous setting. Alan and Margaret came up which was super wonderful of them (plus we finally got to show them our house), I learned that one of the City Council members had an uncle in Westport, and got to see Kay and her husband (hello!) and it sounds like Kay may join the ranks of bloggers soon herself (cool!) It was very very hot out in the sun, but a lovely party and a great start to the fundraising for furniture and art at the new library. Each author spoke for a few minutes about their books, and we bought two to be signed (Silicon Secrets for me and The Passionate Olive as a gift for some friends who like olive oil -- when Life, Death & Bilays comes out I definitely want to read that one too)


A very special thanks to Mom for her generousity with some silent auction items!

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July 12, 2006

In the news...

A couple of recent news hits:

Ranch Turns a New Leaf
About our commission and the James Boys Ranch: "The Morgan Hill Library, Culture and Arts Commission is working to create a plan to get the library furnished, funded and up and running, said commission chairman Einar Anderson."

What to do with the $7 million?
In Gilroy: "Since a new library is out of the question, the city council will be figuring out what it will do with the freed up $7 million that was earmarked for a library if the proposition had passed."

And I had a 9 minute panel interview this morning -- 3 questions, 3 people I knew and have worked with quite a bit (which surprised me). Rankings in a couple of weeks.

Oh, and mark your calendars:

Aug 5: Morgan Hill Centennial Day Old Fashioned Family BBQ Picnic at the Community Center from noon to 6 pm and then a band/dance afterward. There will be games, prizes, a variety of music, entertainment,  and a huge cake celebrating Morgan Hill's birthday year and there will be appearances by Mr. and Mrs Hiram Morgan Hill and horse drawn carriage rides from the Community Center down to Villa Mira Monte. S and I will be volunteering so come by and say hi!

Aug 7-13: Zero One San Jose, an amazing sounding week of art+technology all over downtown SJ. We got a sneak preview today at work from the curator and the projects are SO super cool. I'm hoping to volunteer over the weekend of the event.

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July 09, 2006

Authors Coming to Fundraiser

There was a great piece in yesterday's paper about the head of the MH Library friends and the upcoming fundraiser!

Local Book Lover Leads Library Fundraising Effort
Saturday, July 08, 2006
When it comes to Morgan Hill's new public library now under construction, local resident Carol O'Hare is on a mission.

And I just got the updated list of authors that are coming to the Friends of the Library fundraiser next Sunday (7/16)

Catherine Burr is a multi-published author of contemporary fiction novels and parenting humor books. Silicon Secrets, "A rags-to-silicon Chick Lit offering", sounds like fun.

Carol Firenze who wrote The Passionate Olive, ultimate guide to olive oil.

John Hamamura author of The Color of the Sea, which follows a Japanese language teacher raised in Hawaii as he finds love and as the U.S. and Japan drift into war.

Janet LaPierre, author of the Port Silva Mysteries, set in a fictional town on the chilly but scenic California north coast.

Phyllis Mattson's memoir, War Orphan in San Francisco, is a coming of age story told through family letters.

Kat Meads is the author most recently of two short story collections: Not Waving and Stress in America. She has also published a volume of literary essays, Born Southern and Restless. Coming soon: The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan, a mock biography.

Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, set at a remote Catholic school in Namibia and based on the author's own year teaching in the veld. His story collection, Esther Stories, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award, and winner of the Samuel Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction.

Caroline Paul is an author and retired fire fighter! Her newest book is East Wind, Rain, "a compelling debut novel of innocence, identity, loyalty, and betrayal set on a small isolated Hawaiian island in December 1941 -- based on true events."

Beth Proudfoot -- her first novel, a contemporary women's suspense story entitled "Escape From Paradise" is currently represented by Nancy Ellis-Bell of The Lit-West Group. Her second novel, still a work in progress, has a working title of "Visible" and is more in the genre of mystery/thriller.

Serena Richardson, author of the essay "An Italian Thanksgiving" in the book Italy, A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Twenty-four women write about Italy, from Sicily to Tuscany and beyond, exploring the rich traditions and beautiful landscape of this ancient country, while also explaining how they were seduced by both.)

Dylan Schaffer whose new book Life, Death & Bilays: A Father/Son Baking Story, arrives September 6th. He also wrote the Misdemeanor Man series.

Sounds like some interesting authors to meet... tickets are available at Booksmart if you're interested in coming!

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July 06, 2006

Fundraiser Mention

The upcoming Friends of the Library fundraiser got a nice mention in the Gilroy Dispatch:

From Fireworks to Bike Rides, it's all About Spirit
Thursday, July 06, 2006
By Mary Anne McCarthy

I hope all of you socialites are planning to purchase tickets to an Afternoon in Tuscany July 16 at the elegant lakeside home of Mike and Mary Cox. The event benefits the new Morgan Hill Library. Tickets are available at BookSmart.
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July 04, 2006

Library Book Cart Drill Team

... and of course the library had a presence in the parade!


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July 01, 2006

Friends of the Library Web Sites

I've been asked to provide some feedback on our new Friends of the Library web site, so I thought I'd better take a look at what other groups are doing these days. So here's a quick survey of a bunch of sites that had some interesting features.

friends-tompkins.jpgFriends of the Tompkins County Public Library
  • Love the photos of the volunteers on the front page
  • Prominent "How Can You Help?" on side menu
  • Nice list of what their donations have been spent on
friends-multnomah.jpgFriends of Multnomah County Library
  • I love their tag line, "Inquire ... Dream ... Create ... Discover. That's what Libraries are for. That's what Friends are for."
  • Nice rotating images of volunteers, the library (what a fantastic tree!)
  • Fun facts about the library (though there's only one so far)
  • Emphasis on being a library advocate
friends-littleelm.jpgFriends of the Little Elm Library
  • The design needs updating, but I loved their trivia contest idea, which raises about $10k! Among the ideas are placemat ads ($30). From the description: "Join us for Trivia Night for an evening full of fun, food and prizes, on February 2rd 2006 at 6pm in the Lakeside JR. High School practice gym.  Festivities begin with a myriad of gastronomical epicurean delights available for purchase at our cerebral stimulation station located in the cafeteria.  Team members must be seated and have their thinking caps on by 6:45 and the contest begins at 7pm sharp.  Rules will be strictly enforced by our crack goon squad: No food allowed (buy ours this is a fund raiser);  Only contestants seated at the table (bring all your friends to cheer your team from the peanut gallery by all means);  No use of cell phones (this is not “Millionaire” and there isn’t a phone-a-friend option, just get Regis on your team)." Photos from the event
friends-stpaul.jpgFriends of the St. Paul Public Library
friends-juneau.jpgFriends of the Juneau Public Library
  • I just liked the purple
friends-morley.jpgFriends of Morley Library
  • Plus the library itself is not afraid to fundraise!
friends-lafayette.jpgFriends of Lafayette Library
  • One of their upcoming events is "Lafayette Juniors presents the Seventh Annual Tour of Lafayette Kitchens to benefit the Lafayette Library on Saturday, May 20, 2006 from 10 am to 3 pm. The tour will showcase six spectacular, diverse kitchens, all of which feature the latest equipment and amenities. Tickets are $35 per person ($25 tax-deductible) and a gourmet lunch may be purchased for an additional fee. "
friends-montgomery.jpgMontgomery County
friends-encinitas.jpgFriends of the Encinitas Library
  • Great construction and groundbreaking photos
friends-collier.jpgCollier Friends
  • I like how they offer to provide speakers to local groups - "The Friends welcome the opportunity to introduce your organization to the many outstanding programs and services provided by the Library. To schedule a speaker, call the Friends office or e-mail us"
friends-paloalto.jpgFriends of the Palo Alto Library
friends-payson.jpgLibrary Friends of Payson
friends-kirkwood.jpgFriends of the Kirkwood Public Library
friends-sugargrove.jpgSugar Grove Public Library
  • Selling a Beach Reading Bag -- "Includes 5 paperback books that are great beach reads, a bottle of water, beach gear, our wishes for a great vacation, and the cool beach bag all for only $10.00. Take a picture of yourself and your bag when you are on vacation and send it to the library! We’ll make a collage of photos of what the beach bags did on summer vacation!"
friends-houston.jpgFriends of the Houston Public Library
  • "If you are looking for a great project, we would like to invite you to start a Book Drive. The Friends' Annual Book Sale is the most important way in which we raise money for the Library and provide affordable books for the community. To have a sale as great as we do, we need a lot of books. You can help! A Book Drive is an excellent activity for groups or individuals."
friends-pickerington.jpgFriends of the Pickerington Public Library
  • iGive.com, ebay and Amazon
  • Cookbook
  • Patches for Progress: "Patches for Progress, is a Friends of the Pickerington Public Library sponsored elementary reading program that links the Public Schools, the Public Library, our community and area businesses together with a vehicle that is parent driven and makes reading FUN !!"
friends-jefferson.jpgFriends of the Jefferson County Public Library
  • Having a membership drive: "This is a great time to join and all new members will receive a coupon for a free "used" book (select from "used books for sale" shelves at your local library) and a coupon for a $1.00 off a purchase at the Friends Gift and Book Shop at the Belmar Library . In addition, there will be a drawing for Caroline Kennedy’s book "A Family of Poems". The drawing is open to all patrons."
  • Connie Willis, one of my all-time favorite authros was there in May
  • A link to bookcrossing
  • Holiday Book & Gift Boutique
friends-thousand.jpgFriends of the Thousand Oaks Library
friends-johnson.jpgFriends of the Johnson County Library
friends-colleyville.jpgFriends of the Colleyville Public Library
  • Amazon and B&N affiliate
friends-pelican.jpgPelican Rapids
  • The Faces of Change is a photo and essay exhibit designed to document the changes in a small rural Minnesota community, which has undergone a large influx of refugees in the last decade, and the changes in the immigrants who came to the community of Pelican Rapids.
  • In 2002 the Pelican Rapids Public Library staff and members of the Friends of the Library, created a tapestry of fiber art that represents the cultures that have immigrated to this community.
friends-cardiff.jpgCardiff by the Sea
  • Business Memberships
  • "Above and Beyond" award
friends-oakland.jpgFriends of the Oakland Public Library
  • Bookmark Wish List (things we need)
  • Ten Good Reasons to Become a Member ...
  • Advocacy Center
  • Join for $50 (Fifty Dollars) or more and enjoy discounts at the following fine neighborhood bookstores
friends-santacruz.jpgFriends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
  • What's Your Library Story
  • Join the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries in our Book Fund Drive . Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by Federal and State law, and we guarantee that your donation will be spent on books and media.
  • Bookmending Workshop
  • Sponsors
friends-tippacanoe.jpgTippecanoe County
friends-seattle.jpgSeattle Public Library
friends-sanfran.jpgSan Francisco
friends-yorba.jpgYorba Linda Public Library
friends-clayton.jpgClayton Community Library Foundation
  • Buy-a-Book: Place a bookplate in honor of a special person. $25 fiction, $50 non-fiction.
  • Buy-a-Brick: Buy an engraved brick to line the walkway into the library
friends-eldorado.jpgEldorado Library
  • Paypal membership
friends-fresno.jpgFresno County Public Library
  • Bi-Annual "Children's Party"
  • Intermittent "Murder in the Library", presentations by authors of mysteries, proceeds from which are used to enhance the Library's mystery collection.
friends-glendora.jpgGlendora Friends Foundation
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June 30, 2006

Aug 24 - Read for the Record

Karen let me know about this very cool project that Jumpstart is doing to set the record for the number of children and adults reading the same book in a single day. They're going to have everyone read The Little Engine That Could on Thursday, August 24, 2006. There are materials on the web site for libraries and classes and individuals can sign up and be part of it too. They're going to be on the Today Show and other places as well.


On August 24, 2006, Jumpstart and its partners Starbucks, Pearson/Penguin, American Eagle Outfitters, and we hope YOU! – will set a world record for the number of children reading the same book, The Little Engine that Could, on the same day. This will be an annual event to build awareness around the importance of quality early education. Jumpstart is hosting events across the country in major metropolitan areas, in Starbucks stores, bookstores, Head Start centers and other preschool sites. Mrs. Laura Bush is the campaign’s Honorary Chairperson and NBC’s Matt Lauer is supporting the campaign…he will even be broadcasting the event live to the world from Rockefeller Plaza on the “Today” Show. Jumpstart will be selling custom limited edition books to the public through Starbucks stores from August 1-28; the sale of these custom books will support Jumpstart’s work in low-income communities (your constituents may also purchase copies online for Jumpstart preschoolers).

Now I have to see if I can get my library to sign on...

Help spread the word please!

As Karen writes:

This year alone, Jumpstart college student Corps members are working with 10,000 children in 22 states building the vital literacy, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive. High quality early education for children has been shown to increase graduation rates and lower negative outcomes such as being convicted of a violent crime.

As powerful as this experience has been for me, even more amazing is that this transformational experience is duplicated thousands of times each day in Jumpstart programs across America.

I hope you will get involved in Jumpstart's Read for the Record to support my work and to connect in the same way with a child in your life.

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June 25, 2006

Library Web Cam, 06/25

If I can make myself remember to take and post a screenshot of the library's web cam every week for the next year, at the end I'll have a pretty awesome animation to share. So here's my first attempt.


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June 02, 2006

Potential Library Museum Partnership

This caught my eye in today's Merc coverage of the art museum probably starting to charge admission again (its been free thanks to funds from Knight Ridder, but they're selling the Merc this summer so won't be the local player they used to be). Among the things they are considering to keep the museum affordable is: "a discount for San Jose library-card holders". I like that idea (I think my membership to the museum has lapsed, this would definitely be reason to renew it!)

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May 28, 2006

Library Web Cam

Watch the construction of our new library -- live web cam!

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May 22, 2006

Interesting Library Clippings

2 interesting local library clippings today:

Librarian Still Lacking in SBC
Apparently Hollister is having trouble recruiting for the job of their head librarian, prompting the following comments: "Librarians, in fact, are a scarce commodity in California, according to Solano County Director of Library Services Ann Cousineau. There is a dearth of librarians in the state because fewer people are choosing being a librarian as a profession, she said." For those of us fresh out of library school and interested in entry level librarian jobs, which are in very short supply here in California, especially near the largest library school in the country, it seems so crazy to hear about the shortage of librarians in California.

and then a scathing op ed piece in the Gilroy Dispatch against the upcoming library referendum urging people to oppose the library funding because people can surf porn sites. Sheesh.

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May 13, 2006

MH Library Groundbreaking

A few photos from today's groundbreaking for the new Morgan Hill Library! The best part was that they mapped out the floor plan on the ground so you could really get a sense of what the new space would be like. Great fun -- there were speeches and rootbeer floats as well, but I could only stay for a minute because I had to get back to the reference desk so I missed out on those.


Views of El Toro

Some of the staff remembered to bring their shovels!

Our county librarian and Kay, former library commissioner now library intern

and some entertainment!

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May 12, 2006

Poker @ the Library

Very cool -- Texas Hold'em Class for Teens at Los Altos Library. What a fun program to offer!

(hmm.. it'd be even cooler if the blog entry also included links to books for people interested in the subject but unable to attend) I bet there's even a good list of fiction in addition to all the how-to type things (i remember when Eduard was visiting and I took him to a bookstore and told him I'd buy him any book he'd like as long as he would read it -- and the only books he was at all interested in were non-fiction tales of poker players... I think he's expanded his reading list a bit by now...)

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Another new library to visit

Ooh! I can't wait to see it! I love new libraries!

The Almaden Branch opened in 1971 and underwent complete reconstruction, reopening May 13, 2006

Too bad I'm working during their grand opening celebration (Sat, May 13, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM) but I'll definitely try to check it out some day soon.

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May 11, 2006

Groundbreaking Saturday

This Saturday is the groundbreaking for the new Morgan Hill Library! If you're around, please stop by -- and bring your shovel!

Groundbreaking for New Morgan Hill Library
Celebrate with food, music, prizes and treasure hunt for kids. Bring your own shovel and help dig! West of City Hall at Alkire and DeWitt Aves. 2 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the City of Morgan Hill.

Here's a nice article from the Hollister Freelance News: Morgan Hill Library Groundbreaking to Feature Activities, Fun ("Shovels and books never had much in common - until now.")

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May 09, 2006

Merc Endorses Prop 81

Say yes to library development bonds

Many California communities' aging and antiquated libraries face a similar plight. And, like Gilroy, they would be able to expand and modernize through Proposition 81, a $600 million state library bond issue on the June 6 ballot. Voters should pass it to keep California's public libraries open and thriving.
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Library Survey

We've been getting an increasing number of phone calls trying to sell us things, so I've been more and more reluctant to actually answer the phone rather than just letting the answering machine pick it up. But since I work with a team of market researchers (and have always been a sucker for a good survey), I tend to agree to take phone surveys (if not in the middle of dinner). I'm extremely glad I stayed on the phone for today's, because it was about using the library! I'm a tad concerned I may skew the results a bit (having definitely heard of all the services offered and having been extremely satisfied with my interactions with the librarians and staff I encountered) but hopefully their sample is big enough to account for actually ending up with a librarian or two in the mix.

Embarrassingly though, I didn't have a good answer for "what service would you like to see offered at your local library that they don't currently offer?" I mean, really, I should have a whole wish list of things ready (if nothing else, i would need them for a library job interview if someone asked me what new services I would want to introduce!). I was tempted to say IM reference, since I'd like to see us offer it, but I don't think I'd use it as a patron so I didn't want to put that. All I could come up with was that it'd be nice if they (erm, we) were open later on Friday nights, since that's when I'd want to go and hang out at the library more socially.

Hopefully the results will be available at some point... I'd love to see what people said -- though it was mostly about awareness rather than real feedback...

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May 07, 2006

KM and Libraries

Interesting post from Library Crunch on Managing Our Expertise which goes well wih a number of points raised by our Dev't Day speaker on Friday.

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May 05, 2006

Staff Development Day

Spent the day at the library's all-staff development day. The highlight was definitely seeing all the people -- the sheer number of us all together was very impressive, plus there are two groups of folks it is always nice to see: there's a group I think of as the next-gen librarians, a bunch of us fresh out of library school or still in the program -- and these folks get me excited about being a librarian and all the cool ideas we have. They all have so much energy and I leave conversations with them wanting to take over the world (Hi Paul, Jean, Amytha, Kelly, Lisa, Nichole, etc.). The other group I think of as my mentors -- these are the fantastic people I've worked with at various libraries who I respect and admire and its always great to chat with them, have them ask me if I'm applying for the new job openings, etc. Some of the time I feel left out being "extra help" and not really being part of any one library, but I also realized that in some ways it was an advantage since I knew a bunch of people from different libraries (while perhaps some of them mostly knew their own group). Of course mostly I hung out with other extra-help folks though, so maybe we're really our own little sub-group afterall.

The speakers were Joan Frye Williams and LiB Sarah Houghton (who I had seen at CLA talk about blogging). Nothing radically new, since the future of libraries and library technology are topics I spend a lot of time reading about every day in the library blogosphere, but it was nice to have other people tell the crew about them and reinforce what we've been wanting for ages now.

Some things that stood out from JFW:

  • its not hard to be a library futurist -- we get everything last so you just need to watch what's going on in other industries
  • we should be recording and podcasting programs
  • it should be possible to pay your library fines and fees online
  • we should be taking online donations (duh) and make it prominent, like they do in a museum web site, instead of something we're embarrased about -- and, obviously the key is really good follow-up with the donors (Margaret would like the stories the speaker used about this)
  • we should put the URL of the library's web site on the outside of the building (companies do it!)
  • people should be able to see into the library from the outside -- and see people using it (like you wouldn't walk into a restaurant you couldn't see into)
  • walk into your library -- what's the message patrons get from the start -- is there anything welcoming? or just a long list of NOs
  • museums and stores have outside signs, banners, etc alerting people to the new stuff that's going on inside -- why don't we?
  • the wording on things should be from the customer's view, about what they want to do
  • "pop-up spaces" at other events and places, temporary, bring the library to them
  • catalog toolbar (like denver's) -- we just implemented a firefox search at work to search our intranet and its super cool to have it there always
  • library mashups (boy do I wish I had time to dream up some of these and get them going)
  • recommender systems (reminded me to dig out the paper I wrote on this -- which talked about "Supplementing traditional reader's advisory service by layering user rating systems and collaborative filtering systems onto our online catalogs" -- Making it Easier to Connect with the Collection... i also want to brush off my paper on Designing for Community: Roles for libraries online and off which discussed the opportunity for library web sites)
  • "personalization makes information more powerful"
  • every library should have a wikipedia entry
  • answer questions in myspace
  • "continuous partial attention"
  • the library brand is BOOKS -- that's our pass/fail bedrock service. we own "reading" (not information --- search engines beat us there) ... "Books are just the beginning" - great slogan, it leads with our strong card
  • "real life happens nights and weekends" -- why do we close Friday night at 6pm -- I wish people could come in after work Friday nights, hang out, get movies for the weekend, listen to music, etc.
  • putting professinals on the walk-up desk to take all comers is like Supercuts haircus w/out appointment
  • every day we should pick some topic in the news and blog resources about it -- how cool would that be? it'd only take a couple of minutes and they'd all be archived for future reference. I might do a weekly one here as practice to build up a portfolio of them ... little quick bibliographies/path-finders
  • use back to school night model and invite parents to the library to learn what the library can do to help their kids get through the school year (and beyond)
  • practice "vigilante reference" - answer questions where they are (we all do this in line at the super market, etc, we just can't help ourselves.) read blogs and comment as the reference librarian with helpful tips on where to find that info, etc.
And another highlight was Amytha's lunch time craft where we made decoupage buttons from ALA catalogs and manga. I made an Emily Strage @ your library one.


Anyway, lots to think about and we'll see what happens next. I feel like it was more "exposure" than "development"... I feel like a piece of film that got shown a lot of stuff, but that the development has to happen over time as we all go back to the job and try to make some of the visions into daily practice. Or something...

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April 07, 2006

Knitting Page

I love this knitting page the library put up with pictures of some of the many knitting librarians and their favorite picks! Very fun!

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April 06, 2006

More Good GI Library Publicity

Another nice article about our library system - this time on the Gilroy library:

Library Turns a Page
Thursday, April 06, 2006
By Marty Cheek, Special to the Dispatch

Lani Yoshimura, Gilroy's community librarian, believes 21st century library customers want activities as well as books. Events for kids as well as adults help foster a fun and friendly environment, she said.
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April 04, 2006

New Bond Coming

Things are starting to get moving for Proposition 81. According to the news, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to support a library bond measure that if passed by voters in June would provide $600 million in state money to fund library construction and renovation projects in California.

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March 31, 2006


One of my favorite teen librarians is featured in this article from the Gilroy Dispatch about the upcoming poetry slam at the MI library...

The Making of a Poet

Santa Clara County librarian Don Phillips couldn't get high schoolers to show up for anything related to poetry. He sponsored readings and poetry workshops only to see a handful of participants. But when he turned poetry into a competition a la "American Idol," they showed up by the dozens.

"Something about the competition … the ability to become a star brings people out," said Phillips, a former Milpitas High School teacher and a teen services librarian in Milpitas.

Yay! Nice publicity Don!

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March 30, 2006

Small World

Library Crunch had a blogged a little note of congratulations about this Library Journal piece on a self-described “library geek”. The photo and name caught my eye and I realized (with a trip to the alumni web site and an email to confirm the correct identity) that I went to high school with John Blyberg of blyberg.net fame. He's one of the big names these days in the library 2.0 blogosphere, but I'll always remember him as the guy who ran a super cool BBS back in about 1987 that I was completely and utterly addicted to (you had to answer trivia questions to move up through levels or something, it was during the same time that I was spending way too much time on a local 7-line dial-up BBS called Comlink instead of doing my freshman English homework...) Anyway, it's always fun to cross paths with people from other lives! Gotta love the net!

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February 06, 2006

Ok, Apparently Now it is Official

I got an email today from "Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations" with the subject "=?ISO-8859-1?B?U2FuIEpvc+kgU3RhdGUgR3JhZHVhdGUgU3RhdHVz?=" and I almost didn't open it because I get quite a lot of spam promising me instant PhDs and things and usually jibberish in the subject line means the message is in Russian (don't know why I get spam in Russian...). But I did open it and it turns out to have been the official notification of my real degree. "Your application for award of degree has been approved for graduating in Fall 2005. Your master's degree has been officially posted on your transcript. Your diploma will be mailed to you at a later time..." along with a note suggesting that I order an official transcript if I want actual proof of my degree for employment or school purposes. At least I assume it is the real degree since it did have the proper contact information for my school's Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations department in the signature block and an html attachment with the correct letterhead (it'd probably have been apparent more immediately if I hadn't been checking my mail through a text-only web mail client...) But its getting pretty hard to know what email to trust these days...

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February 04, 2006

Refgrunt, 2/4

Today was my first in a series of every other Saturdays and it was great fun! 7 hours J, 1/2 hour A. Busy at times, quiet enough at other times to get some projects done -- a new display on Narnia read-alikes (I got to use the dye-cut machine to make the letters for "fantastic fantasy" plus a bunch of dragons and owls and things) and to check the collection against lists of recommended kids music choices. The new printing system seemed to work really well. Here are some of the questions/requests:

big dogs
what's in a st. bernard's flask?
artic tundra
math for k and 2nd
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (still a waiting list)
downloadable audio books
unlock DVD case
small claims court, wrongful eviction info
help with new printing system x4
cds to learn Japanese
Jigsaw Jones
can't log in (had a new card)
Tony Hawk biography, 4th grader
adult nonfiction videos on fire fighters
How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller
When in Rome (only had Spanish in)
Valentine day books to read aloud to a class
Along Came a Dog
questions from SLIS reference class including one on "inertial damping" (I gave her the Physics of Star Trek)
Goosebumps - I Live in Your Basement
Forest of Secrets
Warriors series (the one on cats)
where to pick up holds
Italian Olympic athletes
general Italy info
info for science project on how grapes turn into raisins
Indian in the Cupboard
coloring pages
Betsy Ross
Magic School Bus dinosaur video
Curious George books

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Got Books?

gotbooks.jpgI love the slogan for this year's Read Across America events (March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday) from the California Teacher's Association -- "Happy Readers Come From California... got books?" (via the CLA Blog) Complete with very silly looking cows. (apparently it was the theme last year too but I completely missed that)

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February 02, 2006

4 things

Librarian in Black adapted a meme that's been going around to create a Four Things @ Your Library posting. Even though I wasn't tagged and am not actually working on my library's blog any more (since accepting my full time job elsewhere, being on the library's web team was sadly one of the other commitments I had to give up), I wanted to play along!

4 Library Online Resources to Know About

  • Biography Resource Center — A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. This is probably the database I show people the most when I'm working on the reference desk -- its just great for a couple page summary of people's lives and a good stand-in when all the books on a person are checked out.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP — From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers - with full text and images. A good general source for articles.
  • LearningExpress — provides a way to prepare for academic or professional exams on-line, including SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, PRAZIS, ASVAB, Cosmetology, Civil Service, Postal Worker, Law Enforcement, Fire, and more. California specific exams including 4th grade, 8th grade, CBEST, and California Highway Patrol. Online courses include Reading Comprehension, Grammar Skills for Writing, Math, Vocabulary and Spelling, as well as courses in Spanish. Its funny though, a couple of weeks ago I couldn't find it linked anywhere on our site, and all the bookmarks that used to be available at the reference desk were gone...
  • Novelist — A database of reading recommendations for adults and children including information about authors, book discussion guides and booktalks and Novelist K-8 -- Reading suggestions and lists for children in grades K - 8 arranged by author, title, series and topics. A good source for read-alikes and other recommendations and fun to browse and search through when you're looking for new authors to try out.

For more online resources from your library, take a look at their Databases, eBooks, & Research Tools page!

4 Great Free Classes @ Your Library

4 Websites We Really Like (or, more specifically, web sites linked in our library's list of recommended web sites that I've used recently while answering reference questions)

  • California Libraries Catalog - an amazing search of books at a zillion california libraries -- particularly useful when someone can't believe we don't have that book in our small local library and we can show that there are only two copies in the whole state
  • Librarians' Internet Index -- A searchable, annotated directory of more than 4,700 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms and Publications -- This site includes tax forms and publications for the current tax year and prior years since 1992. It also links to a variety of tax information provided by the IRS.
  • Which Phone Book? A project of the Santa Cruz Public Library, this site provides an on-line index to California phone books by city and area code. Not that I use physical phone books often, but this is a very handy tool when you need to.

For more websites we really like, check out the Reference Sites page!

4 Recommended Reading Lists to Check Out

For more recommended reading (and listening and viewing) lists, check out our Recommended page -- oops, we don't really have one central one. There's a good kids one and teen one though.

4 Upcoming Events to Attend

  • Travel Slide Show: Iceland , Tuesday, February 21, 7:15 p.m., "Century Club" member Betsy Schwartz presents this island of fire and ice, Campbell Library.
  • Youth Poetry (Love) Slam VI at the Milpitas Library Calling all young poets ages 10 to 18--The Milpitas Library is hosting Youth Poetry Slam VI on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 5 pm!
  • Meet Julie Otsuka, author of When The Emperor Was Divine, a Silicon Valley Reads selection, at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center on Saturday, February 4th at 10:30am. (pdf)
  • Crafting Bee, January 12th & February 9th, Bring everything you need for your own project. You'll have time to work on your own craft, plus: Snacks - Music - Conversation - Fun!
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January 22, 2006

Prairie Home Companion Skit

There was a skit about librarians on today's Prairie Home Companion. I only heard half of it on my way to the library this morning, but hopefully someone will post a transcript somewhere...

Update: ah, here's the script.

"How did you know?
I'm a librarian. I know."

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Read Between the Lines

I may need one of these new Emily Strange library posters...
(via LiB

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January 13, 2006


We may have one of the best jobs, but it is apparently stressful as well.

Librarians 'suffer most stress'
BBC News


maybe they found the job "repetitive and unchallenging" because the profession is filled with people who like intellectual challenges and we're hard to please... of course when the criteria for stress includes "how much control workers thought they had over their working day, their workload and how much they earned" then maybe its not that surprising.

The article ends, "In addition, stress impacts different personalities in different ways, and different personalities may be drawn to different roles." Maybe we like stress...

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January 11, 2006

Best Job!

Someone sent this link around to the lib school mailing list:

The Best Jobs to Have in 2006
By Marty Nemko
U.S. News & World Report

Librarian. This is an underrated career. Most librarians enjoy helping patrons dig up information. They learn in the process and keep up to date on the latest books and online resources. The need for librarians, unfortunately, may decline because search engines make it easy for patrons to find information without a librarian's help. The job growth for librarians will be in nontraditional settings: corporations, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms.

And actually it's the only one on the list that I'd want to have (well, maybe professor) so I'm very excited to have it!

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January 09, 2006

Meetup Push

We're making another push to get some people to come to the librarian meetup this year. So if you're in the San Jose area and are interested in library issues, please come! Thursday, January 19th, 7:00 PM.

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January 05, 2006

Libraries Losing Teens

An interesting blurb from School Library Journal:

Libraries Losing Teens
By Brian Kenney and Lauren Barack, SLJ.com -- 1/1/2006

Nearly 16 percent of teens don’t visit their public or school libraries, according to a recent joint study by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and SmartGirl.org, a Web site that surveys teens. And many young adults don’t expect to visit public libraries in the next five years because they’ll likely be using search engines at home or elsewhere, says “Perception of Libraries and Information Resources,” the latest report by OCLC that examines the public’s attitude toward libraries and resources.

It certainly is an interesting challenge to both promote the online databases and services of the library to teens who are happy to do their research online instead of coming into the library (we are definitely not getting that message out enough -- people are always so shocked when I show them the great stuff in the databases for homework assignments) ... and also to find ways to make the library interesting and relevant so that they do want to come in (I don't remember going to the library as a teen except once in a while to grab a stack of books for a research paper ... I wonder what would have drawn me there? I can't imagine my teenage siblings hanging out in the library any time soon.)

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December 20, 2005

Info Overload Article

Interesting piece via Library Link of the Day:

Ready access to info means smarts or stress?
By Anick Jesdanun, AP Internet Writer | December 15, 2005

Books are being scanned to make them searchable on the Internet. Television broadcasts are being recorded and archived for online posterity. Radio shows, too, are getting their digital conversion -- to podcasts.

With a few keystrokes, we'll soon be able to tap much of the world's knowledge. And we'll do it from nearly anywhere -- already, newer iPods can carry all your music, digital photos and such TV classics as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" along with more contemporary prime-time fare.

Will all this instantly accessible information make us much smarter, or simply more stressed? When can we break to think, absorb and ponder all this data?

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December 09, 2005

Bookclub Kits in MI Post

Coverage of the library's new Book Club Kits in the Milpitas Post:

Talk of the Town, December 08, 2005


For the hundreds of Milpitas residents who participate in a book club, the enjoyment of reading and discussing a book with friends is sometimes diluted by the constant pressure to decide on next month's reading.

The Santa Clara County Library has a new solution Book Club Kits To Go, a set of 12 copies of some of the most popular book club selections, plus background information on the author and a discussion guide designed to enrich the book club experience.

More than two dozen book titles are now available in Book Club Kits, and more will be added over the next few months. Patrons of Milpitas Community Library can view the entire list on the catalog in the library or from their own computer at www.santaclaracountylib.org

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December 08, 2005

Library RSS and Report

Check out the cool RSS Feeds from the New York Public Library. Very nice! (via Library Stuff

Best of the Web - new links selected by NYPL librarians
Classes - workshops, training, research classes
Subscription URL: http://www.nypl.org/rss/classes.xml
Events for Adults
Events for Teens
Events for Children
Exhibitions at The Research Libraries
Exhibitions at The Branch Libraries
Databases and Indexes Online- recent additions

and, as soon as I have some time, I definitely want to look at this report from OCLC closer!

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November 30, 2005

Gilroy Dispatch WiFi Coverage

WiFi Coming to Gilroy Library
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
By Serdar Tumgoren

Gilroy - In coming months, local residents won't have to buy a latte if they want free Internet access.

Instead, they can bring their laptops, Palm Pilots or other handheld gadgets to the local library.

The Gilroy library and seven other branches of the Santa Clara County Library System will begin offering patrons free wireless Internet service as early as March 2006.

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November 26, 2005

Now I'm really done!

And, waiting in our mail box when I got home today was the last bit of library school stress, the final notification that my culminating papers "successfully fulfilled the requirements established by the Faculty."

Plus, "As soon as [I] hear from the Graduate Studies Office that [I] have successfully completed all requirements for the MLIS degree, [I] will be given a complimentary one year membership in the SLIS Alumni Association."


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November 17, 2005

Wireless in the Library

The library is getting around to becoming a wireless hotspot and even though it seems a couple of months away still, it's starting to get some attention in the news. Here's some of the coverage, bit by bit:

Milpitas Post

As if rising visitor counts more than 3.3 million this year didn't already make the Santa Clara County Libraries the "hot spot" of their communities, that moniker will be confirmed when free high-speed wireless Internet access is introduced at each library over the next few months.

it was in the MH Times the other day, but I need to get a subscription first

I still think unshelved said it best (even though I'm very excited we'll be getting it)

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November 15, 2005

Another paper not written (yet)

Back when I had planned to do a thesis for library school instead of the culminating papers (even suffering through the required research methods class as the prereq), I was planning to write about library/museum collaborations and do a nifty case study of all the amazing libraries and museums here in the San Jose area (having volunteered for four years at The Tech Museum). Saw this blog today: museums and libraries:

This blog will discuss the many relationships that have existed between museums and libraries and new ones that are now emerging. Its main focus will be on why these dynamic associations were created, the tremendous positive impact that they have had on society, the significant need for them to continue to work together, and the challenges that they face.

... which made me a bit wistful for my old paper topic (I wrote the formal proposal and literature review, and in another class a grant proposal for a collaboration which might actual resurface one of these days anyway...) There's a box sitting on the top shelf of the closet marked "thesis" filled with all my old research on the topic... it'd be nice one day to have time to dust that off and write something... sigh.

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November 11, 2005

Yay Salinas!

Among the happy election news Tuesday, I forgot to blog that the library measure in Salinas passed!

Measure V for Victory: Salinas Libraries Saved!
Library Journal

Salinas Votes to Restore Library Services

Sales tax to keep libraries running
SJ Merc
Their opening: "John Steinbeck is probably smiling today."

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November 08, 2005

Azar Nafisi Event

I have to work Wednesday night, but thought I'd post this in case anyone was interested, it went out on our school mailing list:

SJSU campus: Azar Nafisi reading and book signing (November 9)

Azar Nafisi, author of the acclaimed book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A
Memoir in Books, will offer a reading and book signing on the San Jose
campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (11/9), in Morris Dailey Hall. The lecture
is free, and may be of particular interest to SLIS students interested in
intellectual freedom, human rights, and the power of books. Nafisi will
also be available for a Q&A session on Thursday (11/10) at noon in the Old
Cafeteria. For more information see http://www.litart.org.

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Storytime at the Mall

Did you know that they [not the library] have storytime at the mall (Great Mall, Milpitas, 11/17/05 from 3:30-4:30pm)? Very interesting. And the PBS Share A Story site is cool with videos, activities to print (including a whole Al Roker activity set with a story and games).

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November 07, 2005

Libraries 2.0

Everyone's been talking about Web 2.0 lately, and it's interesting to see folks talking about Library 2.0 as well. Jean had some great thoughts yesterday on synnergy in libraries, and I think that would be a great watch-word for Libraries 2.0. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to attend Internet Librarian last week, but it's been fun reading everyone's blog reports from the conference (and I'm just too overbooked currently to go to any of the fun conferences, even when they're local :( ) It would be nice to have the mental bandwidth to be able to give all this some real thought and to really play in this space. One day...

(adding Library Crunch to the list of library feeds I'll be reading. Note to self, time to organize the feeds better...)

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November 04, 2005

Raffle Prize

Woohoo! Just found out that I won a raffle at work. My prize is a $20 gift certificate to Tomato Thyme Restaurant.

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School Feed

I just noticed that SJSU SLIS has an rss feed. Snazzy. I guess they've had it for a while (since the news isn't really new) but I never noticed.

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November 03, 2005

LJ Article on Experience

The Practice Prerequisite by John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal, September 15, 2005

It has come to the point where it is almost false advertising for an LIS program to suggest to students that graduating with an MLS is a guarantee of employment. That simply is not so, and the same students report that the average time it takes for a new graduate to find gainful employment is now more than a year.

I am very very thankful for the internships I've had during library school, and mentally getting used to the idea of starting a long job search experience.

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November 02, 2005

Bird Flu

birdflu.jpgAnother of my resource lists made the lib's web page! This one's on bird flu.

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November 01, 2005

100 Years of E=mc2

einstein.jpgKelly and I completed our first web project and the page is up! Check out Einstein and His Big Idea, a quick list of resources to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of E=mc2.

Posted by Emily at 05:21 PM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2005

Turned in!

2 papers, 2 hard copies and a CD each. If all goes well, these will be my last grad school papers (at least for this degree). Now all that's left is the waiting...

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October 28, 2005


Exciting library news in the SF Chronicle today (though we've known about it for a while, it's nice to see publicity about it):

In the money: The Los Altos Library is the recent recipient of a $1.6 million bequest, and a community forum has been set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, to discuss how to use the money.

"It is not often that a library has the opportunity to hold this type of meeting," Santa Clara County Librarian Melinda Cervantes said in a statement. "It will be a pleasure to focus on how we might want to expand services, facilities or the collection with this generous gift of funds."

The bequest came from the estate of Virginia Whipple, who died on March 24. She was a library volunteer and a member of the Friends of the Los Altos Library. Her bequest, which totaled $2.8 million after estate expenses were paid, was divided between the Santa Clara County Joint Powers Authority ($1.2 million) and the Los Altos Library Endowment ($1.6 million). The Santa Clara County Library operates the community library in Los Altos and the Woodland branch, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga libraries.

info on the meeting

hmmm... what would you dream up for the library to do with the money?

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October 22, 2005

MI Library Building Plans

Council advances demolition plan
By Ian Bauer
in the Milpitas Post

City of Milpitas plans call for a new community library and adjacent parking garage. The surrounding area would see construction of a low-price housing complex for senior citizens, and possibly a health clinic run by Santa Clara County.

Prior to breaking ground for those projects, the city must vacate existing buildings to prepare for demolition.

"We're preparing the site for the library and garage," Project Manager Mark Rogge said this week.

Part of the project will include preservation of the old Milpitas Grammar School building that faces North Main Street.

The 1912 school will be surrounded by the estimated $39-million library and adjacent $12.5-million multi-level parking garage.

The library and garage are scheduled for completion by 2008.

In another article, The 15th Annual Best of Milpitas

125. Best Historic Building The old Milpitas Grammar School on North Main Street, soon to be designed into a large new Milpitas library, was mentioned most often. The Alviso Adobe was runner-up.

131. Neatest Thing That Happened In 2005 (So Far)
Votes were spread across many categories here, but the Milpitas Fourth of July parade was mentioned most. Readers also enjoyed the July 4 fireworks, the city-funded additional operating hours at the library, Milpitas Rotary Club’s carnival, and Rancho Milpitas Middle School being voted a “School to Watch.”

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October 18, 2005

New Branches

I decided that what I really needed for this paper was some inspiration, so I took a little tour of two of the newest branches of the San Jose Public Library System. The Branch Library Bond Measure, approved in November 2000, provides $212 million over ten years dedicated to the construction of six new and fourteen expanded branch libraries.

The Tully Community Branch Library opened on January 22, 2005 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in south San José. Its 24,300 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, a technology center, family place and Internet Café. (project details, floor plan) It is really one of the coolest libraries I have ever been in. Here are a few photos to give you a taste. They definitely take the idea of merchandising very seriously -- the displays are wonderful. There's a fireplace, lots of places to sit and read or work, group meeting areas, bright colors, great signage, lots of light and great art. The architects came and spoke to our class last week and talked about some of the decisions -- like having two entrances (so it connects to the ball fields) and the barn (to fit in with the historic use of the property).


The Vineland Branch Library (Blossom Hill) opened January 17, 2004 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in South San Jose. Its 24,000 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, technology center and café. (project details, floorplan) It's not quite as vivid as the Tully one, but still a very nice space and the cafe was great (plus, they are having their Spring book sale today) The reference desk was a bit hard to find though... luckily the staff wear name badges.


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October 17, 2005

Happy Teen Read Week

Teen Reed Week, October 16-22, 2005

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October 11, 2005

Tax Issues

The tax we passed is still up in the air according to an editorial in today's paper:

Attorney's claims tie up a host of vital valley projects
SJ Mercury News, Oct. 10, 2005

Parcel taxes collected by the Santa Clara County library district and schools in Campbell and Mountain View are under a cloud.

All this uncertainty is the work of attorney Aaron Katz, who owns properties in these districts. In pursuit of a dubious theory of tax fairness, he has filed five lawsuits to invalidate bond and parcel-tax elections in which voters approved millions of dollars in public projects.

These are not frivolous lawsuits. Katz has plausible, though radical, arguments, and is spending a lot of time and money making them. Although the cases may eventually be thrown out on a technicality, so far the courts have not dismissed them based on merits.

Katz claims the method of raising property taxes violates the equal-protection clause of the Constitution. Property owners -- the ones directly affected by the tax -- can't vote on the tax if if they don't live in the district. If property owners do live in the district, their votes are diluted by the votes of other residents who don't own properties and don't pay the tax.

While not frivolous, Katz's legal case does appear weak. The outcome, if he wins, would be bad law and bad policy. It would not only invalidate these local elections, but also turn voting in California on its head. Only property owners, regardless of where they live, would get to vote in parcel-tax and property-assessment elections.

At their peril, the library district is collecting and spending the tax increase voted last summer, and the Mountain View-Whisman School District is proceeding with its parcel tax, confident it won't be overturned. The Campbell Union High School District is collecting, but not spending, the $4.9 million parcel tax approved in November 2004.
But schools, libraries and hospitals benefit everyone, property owners as well as their tenants. Voting to support these institutions should, like other elections, be for all registered voters, without interference from non-resident property owners who have little stake in the community's quality of life. And tenants do pay property taxes indirectly, through their rents, even though owners can't always immediately pass on every increase.

The burden of taxes and user fees is not always equally shared. The decision to raise them generally should be in the hands of all voters, not a few.

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September 15, 2005

Library School Lies

Well this was depressing:

Lies I learned in Library School by Patrick Huey

via library link of the day

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September 05, 2005

SPL - at last!

spl_outside.jpgSo I _finally_ got a chance to visit the new Seattle Public Library! I've read so much about it over the last year+ that there weren't too many surprises, but it definitely lived up to my expectations and was a fantastic place to visit. I'm not sure I'd like working in such a huge place (though being able to have that size of collection and access to that scale of resources would be pretty amazing) -- I like being able to walk patrons over to find the books they need rather than sending them up to specialists on other floors, but I'm sure I could get used to it. We took the guided tour and then walked the whole way down along the "spiral", stopping to explore and to quiz some of the librarians about what it was like to work there.

The teen section was somewhat disappointing -- not much sense of place or excitement (of course it was Saturday of a three-day weekend, so there weren't any teens which probably didn't help the feel of it).

Some of my favorite things:
The dewey numbers on the displays in the Friends' Shop (this one says "663.2 Celebrate Fall with Northwest Wine")

The coffee cart (which we didn't try out but Jane says sells great coffee) is run by an organization that trains homeless people to enter the food industry and provides barista training and experience.

The chairs look like they are hard plastic, but are foam or something of the perfect squishiness so they are extremely comfortable (but you don't sink too much).

When you return a book, its put in this conveyor built and whisked upstairs where it is automatically sorted using RFID technology. Explained here. Very cool. Bigger Brian has apparently had a whole backstage tour of how that worked.

And I loved this display in the children's room with the books in rainbow order:

I'll add a few more photos when I get them off S's new camera.

[They do have some YA jobs posted (though probably at the branches and not at central.]

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August 26, 2005

Audiobook Downloads

Libraries Offering Audiobook Downloads
By Michael Hill
The Associated Press

Our libraryhas them too (of course I'm one of those people who complained they don't work on ipods...)

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August 18, 2005

Milpitas Hours

City backing allows library to restore Monday hours
By Ian Bauer

Milpitas Community Library will re-open Mondays to a seven-day-a-week schedule beginning Aug. 29.

Last year, Monday hours at all nine Santa Clara County libraries were eliminated due to the county system's reported $1.1-million deficit.

Since then, Milpitas is the only city in the county to restore lost library hours. Milpitas did so through a specified infusion of city tax dollars.

Milpitas Community Library's new hours will be:
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday.

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Meetup Tonight

The Santa Clara County Librarians August Meetup

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 7:00 PM
This is United Librarians Meetup Day

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
5353 Almaden Expy #B100 (Cafe)
San Jose, CA 95118

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New Library Design Mentioned

Looking for beauty in the South Valley? It’s not hard to find
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Gilroy Dispatch
By Lisa Pampuch

The design for the new Morgan Hill Public Library. The plan architects Noll & Tam recently presented to City Council is modern, yet appropriate to its site and neighborhood. It takes advantage of the views of El Toro, complements the neighboring civic center buildings, and the well-thought-out interior will encourage visitors to sit down a spell and enjoy a good book - and there’s an unlimited amount of beauty to be found in that activity.
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August 15, 2005

Done with cataloging

Yay! I'm all done with cataloging (turned in my exam Friday night) and it turned out I didn't do nearly as badly as I had feared, so my last class is now behind me. We get our culminating questions on Friday (8/19), have the orientation meeting on Saturday, and then the whole thing is over and done with on November 1. Eek.

(and in other exciting news, I found a dress!!!)

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August 14, 2005

Librarian Awards

Nominate your favorite librarian, entries due by 9/2.

The New York Times has long been committed to fostering literacy and building awareness of issues
important to our local and national communities. We are proud to support and honor public librarians, who
do so much to nurture a better-informed society.
The purpose of The Times Librarian Award is to recognize those librarians whose exemplary performance and
outstanding community service have made their libraries friendlier and more accessible institutions.
Eligible nominees include any librarian with a master’s degree in library science currently working in a
public library in the United States. School and university librarians are not eligible.
Nominators are encouraged to nominate librarians who consistently demonstrate the highest level of
professionalism, knowledge and public service in the execution of their duties.
Winners will be announced in The Times in November and each will receive $2,500.

The questions on the nomination form include:

Please list a few ways in which the nominee has helped you and/or others and made your experience of the library a more positive one. For instance, did the nominee inspire in you a love for literature or assist you in a research project?

How does the nominee make the library a better place? Please be specific.

How has the library, and the nominee, improved the quality of your life?

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August 12, 2005

Workshop on Weblogs for Librarians

I had the opportunity to attend CARL North's Information Technology Interest Group workshop today: Is There a Blog in Your Future: Workshop on Weblogs for Librarians - Part 1.

I always love hearing from Karen Schnieder, Director of LII (who had spoken to our reference class last year and who finally got me hooked completely and utterly on rss feeds). My favorite bit was when she showed the feed from the US Consumer Product Safety folks, which she checks to reassure herself that, "I'm always having a better day than someone out there." [grin]

But I ducked out early (before the session on setting up a blog) to go back to work and index more documents for the big project. Its always so hard to know if workshops like this are going to be a good use of time or not. On a recent job application that I submitted, I was supposed to describe a recent professional development activity and how it helped me be more effective at my job -- but usually I just find that I don't have the patience to sit still for these things and the ones that sound really interesting are often things I've gone out and found information about already on my own. I guess I need to cast a wider net. Or only go to conferences that Lisa organizes, since those are always WAY better. I wish I could sneak away for the Plexus one coming up.

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June 21, 2005

Summer Reading Club Signups

Today was the first day of signups for the Summer Reading Clubs at our libraries.

Milpitas Library Summer Reading Club
The Summer Reading Club is a free program to encourage school-age children to enjoy summertime reading.
Sign-ups begin Tuesday, June 21st.
Read 6 books and turn in your reading log to receive a Certificate of Reading Achievement and a paperback book.

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June 13, 2005

Didn't cost as much

According to a piece in today's Gilroy Dispatch, Library ballot: A million-dollar mistake by Matt King:

The partially-successful all-mail ballot to fund the county library system cost more than $1 million less than the county registrar’s original projection. Initially forecast to cost $1.8 million, the ballot came in at less than $700,000, a 61 percent savings. And while the cost of the election became a campaign issue, library officials and supporters said Friday they don’t think a more accurate projection would have meant victory for the measure that failed.


Thursday, the JPA adopted its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Libraries in Gilroy and Morgan Hill will maintain the same operating hours and will continue to be closed Sundays and Mondays. The vote did restore more than $400,000 annually to system’s books and materials budget.
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May 28, 2005

Alum Rock Transition

Today is the last day of operation for the Alum Rock Library, currently one of the community libraries operated by the Santa Clara County Library. The Alum Rock Library was founded to serve the unincorporated neighborhoods of the east foothill area of Santa Clara County. Over the years, more and more of this area has been annexed into the City of San Jose. Now the library sits inside San Jose city limits and 75% of its users are San Jose residents. The new library will be part of the [City of] San Jose Public Library System.

The new library is set to open on July 9th and will be called The Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branch Library, honoring the founder of the National Hispanic University who died in 2002 and was an inspiration to many. The 26,000-square-foot new library building is being built by the City of San Jose with bond funds designated for the construction of new branch libraries to serve San Jose neighborhoods. The 27-year-old library building will be demolished to make way for additional parking for the new Alum Rock Library.

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May 19, 2005

Post Meetup Musings

Tonight's librarian's meetup reinforced a number of things for me:

1) Mentors are amazing things. It is so wonderful to be able to sit and talk with someone you look up to, who is doing things in her career you would love to one day get to, and hear about all the really cool things that are going on in the field

2) I really really need to get better at remembering people's names and knowing the major players in the field. I have to start getting out there and networking more and figuring out who's who. It really is a very small field and everyone really does seem to know everyone else.

3) Who the director of the library or library system you are working for makes a big difference (not that there are going to be _so_ many choices when I graduate or that many places I'll be willing to live, but I also have to keep this in mind or I'll end up some place that I won't enjoy)

4) I really need to return the materials I borrowed from HQ for my library buildings class (oops)

We're meeting again next month on June 16 -- I hope a few more people will come along!

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May 13, 2005

More campaign coverage

LIBRARY tax breakdown
Gilroy Dispatch
"The measures did best in the cities with the highest voter turnout. In Los Altos, where 48.9 percent of voters mailed in their ballots, measures A and B received 83 and 76 percent of the vote. But in Milpitas, where only 29 percent of the electorate cast ballots, both measures failed. Milpitas was the only one of nine cities in the library district to vote down Measure A, and only Cupertino cast more ballots against Measure B."

For the record, in Campbell we had 33.1% turnout and voted in favor of Measure A (75.73%) AND Measure B (67.51%)

Library champion to move in protest
Commissioner sells Milpitas home over Council's action on tax proposals
By Lisa Fernandez
Mercury News
She may be the only person in the country to move because her city council didn't unanimously support spending money on its library.
"Out of nine cities in the Santa Clara County library system, the Milpitas was the only one whose council did not unanimously endorse two recent measures to support library funding. The larger of the two, Measure A, a proposal to continue a parcel tax of $33.66 per single-family home, passed this month with 72 percent of the vote even without the Milpitas endorsement."
"Still, Giordano and Vice Mayor Armando Gomez, who also voted against Measure A, insist they're not against libraries. They are considering breaking away from the county library system. That's because the city is designing a new city-owned Milpitas Community Library, expected to be completed in 2008. The city's redevelopment agency is funding the $39 million endeavor that already is in progress. Both council members said they don't want to continue a countywide tax if the city may end up splitting from the county system down the road and operating its own independent library."

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May 12, 2005

End of another semester

Just had my last class of the semester -- it was really fun to hear everyone present their library building programs (I designed a new library for Campbell). I treated myself to some Ben & Jerry's on the way home to celebrate and now have to roll up my sleeves and finish the final projects for my other class. Then I'm going away and off-line for the weekend to enjoy being done.

In case you're curious (and so I can find them later), my two final projects were a building program and a database of all those YA books I've been blogging about the past few months (yes, it uses the hay database backend.)

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May 09, 2005

Library Bonds

So just as I was starting to worry about funding the imaginary library I'm designing for my final project (it is costing around $14,196,682 so far and I keep thinking of sections I've forgotten), I see this posting on the CLA feed:

Let the Bond Fund Campaign Begin!
Ann Cousineau, Solano County Library Director, has announced the official start of the campaign to pass a $600 million bond for public library construction.
The bond measure will be decided by voters in a statewide referendum. It's slated for the June 2006 ballot. Passing the bond will require a minimum of $500,000 in campaign funds. Raising these funds will require the involvement of every member of CLA both as personal donors and as fundraisers in their communities.
yesforlibraries.com (though there's nothing much on the site yet)

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May 08, 2005

Another nice library

For today's fieldtrip, we visited the very nice Santa Clara City Central Park Library (2635 Homestead Road). It is 80,000 square feet, has a nice underground parking garage (120 spots, 110 surface spots), seven service points (welcome desk, circ desk, children's services desk, information/referral desk, reference desk, periodicals service desk, and Heritage Pavillion Service Desk which is in the genealogy and local history area). There are 37,000 linear feet of shelving (7 miles), and over 100 public access computers (including a very nice computer training lab). There's a nice cafe (though the coffee was better at the Vineland branch yesterday) and really nice reading lamps and furniture. Mostly I wanted to go and check out the really nice public art. Here are a couple of photos:

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May 07, 2005

New Branches

I decided that what I really needed for this paper was some inspiration, so I took a little tour of two of the newest branches of the San Jose Public Library System. The Branch Library Bond Measure, approved in November 2000, provides $212 million over ten years dedicated to the construction of six new and fourteen expanded branch libraries.

The Tully Community Branch Library opened on January 22, 2005 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in south San José. Its 24,300 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, a technology center, family place and Internet Café. (project details, floor plan) It is really one of the coolest libraries I have ever been in. Here are a few photos to give you a taste. They definitely take the idea of merchandising very seriously -- the displays are wonderful. There's a fireplace, lots of places to sit and read or work, group meeting areas, bright colors, great signage, lots of light and great art. The architects came and spoke to our class last week and talked about some of the decisions -- like having two entrances (so it connects to the ball fields) and the barn (to fit in with the historic use of the property).


The Vineland Branch Library (Blossom Hill) opened January 17, 2004 and serves a large and culturally diverse community in South San Jose. Its 24,000 square feet include a large community room, study rooms, technology center and café. (project details, floorplan) It's not quite as vivid as the Tully one, but still a very nice space and the cafe was great (plus, they are having their Spring book sale today) The reference desk was a bit hard to find though... luckily the staff wear name badges.


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May 02, 2005

One Last Reminder

One last reminder that ballots must be RECEIVED by the registrar of voters by tomorrow, May 3rd at 7pm. If you haven't already mailed it in, you can drop your ballot off in person to the Registrar of Voters at 1555 Berger Dr. San Jose, CA 95112 Monday & Tuesday. Ballots received after Tuesday WILL NOT be counted even if they are postmarked on or before May 3rd.

Also, if you wanted to make a small donation to the campaign, it's not too late to do so!

VOTE YES on A & B!

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April 26, 2005

In the Merc Again

The campaign showed up in a nice piece in the Merc today:

Mail-in election may bring library tax home
Mercury News Editorial
Posted on Tue, Apr. 26, 2005

With a lick of a stamp rather than a drive to the polls, residents in nine communities served by the county library system are deciding this month whether to continue a parcel tax or increase it. The cause is good and so is the process, an election by mail.

and one last reminder...

Library ballots are due at the registrar of voters' office -- 1555 Berger Drive in San Jose -- on May 3. Win or lose -- and we hope the tax passes -- the mail-in ballot should reverse a trend of falling voter turnout. That alone would be a cause for celebration.
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April 21, 2005


So for class tomorrow, we each have to present two booktalks that we've prepared. Since I was sitting here practicing anyway, I thought I'd figure out how to record it so I could listen to it (and find out how long they actually took to go through). Then, of course, I figured I would find out how to turn it into an mp3 (it's not really a podcast yet, but it's some of the preliminary steps needed to podcast) So anyway, here are two booktalks that I'll be presenting tomorrow. I downloaded the free 14-day trial of Sound Studio and then followed the instructions here to convert the .aiff to .mpg in iTunes.

Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Listen to the Booktalk (you may need to save it and open it) (I may have to re-record it a bit louder)

Boy Meets Boy by David Levinthan
Listen to the Booktalk (you may need to save it and open it)
[the list of items is modeled after a list that Paul makes on p. 156 (he gets all the way to Z)]

Be nice, these are my first book talks ever. But I thought it would be cool if libraries recorded booktalks and podcasted them on their teen web sites...
(though I have to admit it was really weird listening to myself in iTunes and then have it transition immediately to a Coldplay song)

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April 13, 2005

Library Journal piece

The campaign's in LJ again:

Santa Clara County's Mail Vote New Tactic for Tax Proposals
If the measures are defeated, another 60 positions will be cut, says Cervantes, on top of 24 lost last year. Some locations would open only 30 hours a week.

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April 11, 2005

We were just talking about this...

Funny, at our campaign meeting on Saturday we were just saying that someone should do an op-ed piece (we were thinking one of those NPR ones) calling on the first lady to step up and take on the Salinas Library issue (and call attention to the other at-risk and underfunded libraries across the country. And then here it is in the NY Times back on Friday and I completely missed it.

Editorial: An Issue for the First Lady

"The sad state of the nation's libraries was driven home last week when all of the libraries in John Steinbeck's birthplace, Salinas, Calif., came close to closing. The crisis in Salinas is part of a larger picture in which financially strapped local governments have been slashing library hours and book budgets. Public officials, starting with Laura Bush, the most powerful librarian in the world, should be clamoring for greater resources for libraries."

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April 10, 2005

National Library Week

Happy National Library Week!

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April 08, 2005

Another Salinas Update

As many of you have already heard, "With a $75,000 donation from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the city of Salinas met its fundraising goal of $500,000, allowing it to keep its three libraries open with limited hours through December." (CLA)

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April 04, 2005

Not a complete waste of time

So all this blogging and IMing I've been doing? It might actually pay off one day. This librarian notes that they ask about those things in their YA interview process! Ha!

(My runescape experience has already paid off in the form of some very interesting conversations -- and surprised looks -- from teens playing in the library.)

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NY Times Article on Salinas Library

Thank you to Mom and to Karen for pointing out this piece:

In Steinbeck's Birthplace, a Fight to Keep the Libraries Open
by Carolyn Marshall
April 4, 2005
New York Times

The reputation of this farming community, known as the Salad Bowl of the World, has been burnished by giants of American history like the civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, who organized the area's farmworkers, and John Steinbeck, a native son who borrowed images from the landscape and Depression-era residents in writing "The Grapes of Wrath."

The pride, fear and hope Steinbeck described were in evidence this weekend as residents, celebrities and best-selling authors gathered for a 24-hour emergency read-in to try to avert an unwelcome footnote to Salinas's legacy: the impending closing of the city's three public libraries.

Unless the city can raise $500,000 by June 30, the John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan Libraries will be shuttered, victims of the city's $9 million budget shortfall. If the branches are closed, Salinas will become the nation's largest city without a public library.

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April 03, 2005

Sac Bee Article

Mentioned in another article:

LIBRARY services suffer big cuts
Sacramento Bee

In many cases, libraries have encountered difficulties when they seek to convert assessments, approved by a simple majority vote in the 1990s, to a special tax, requiring a two-thirds majority. The "super majority" is required by Proposition 218, known as the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, approved by California voters in 1996.

In the Santa Clara County Library District, a measure last year to replace a library assessment with a special tax failed, and the district is going back to voters in May, Gold said.

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April 01, 2005

Summer Class

I got my "permission number" today to register for the summer class I requested (you have to submit your top choices and they award spots based on preference and what time you submit your form) I got 248-13, Beginning Cataloging and Classification, all day on June 2-3 and the rest online, taught by Greg Cotton (from Iowa I guess?) Here's the green sheet from when he taught the course last fall. Time to dig out my AACR2!

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March 29, 2005

Merc Op Ed

Yay! A nice oped in today's SJ Mercury News:

Libraries' last chance: a `yes'
Mercury News Editorial

There's one more chance to avoid a plunge in hours, programs and staffing throughout Santa Clara County's excellent library system. The library tax that expires in June -- and now makes up 20 percent of the operating budget -- is up for renewal in a special election in April.

If you live in the nine cities and the unincorporated areas served by the library district, watch for your ballot in the mail and mark those "yes'' votes.

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March 21, 2005

Merc Article

Oops, I seemed to have missed this article from the Merc about the campaign kickoff:


Source: MICHELE JURICH, Mercury News
About 40 members of the Campbell community, including representatives from city, state and federal offices, attended the kick-off March 8 of the Campbell campaign for Measures A and B.The Measure A campaign to renew the parcel tax for county library services, as well as the campaign for Measure B, which would increase the library tax by $12 a year, is under way in Campbell. Advocates at phone banks are calling Campbell voters from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Evan Low, a campaign leader.

A two-thirds majority is necessary to pass the renewal of the library parcel tax. Measure B can be passed only if Measure A is passed. Ballots will be mailed to voters and must be returned by May 3. Voters in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and unincorporated areas including Alum Rock will decide the measure.

Published on March 17, 2005, Page 10, San Jose Mercury News (CA)

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March 17, 2005

Helping a colleague

One of my classmates is working on a project to test page rankings in google, etc. so I'm trying to help by posting these two links:

This one's a cool map of generic soda names around the country showing a bit of statistic brilliance

You can learn more about his project and Help a library dude, on his blog.

I just hope google doesn't mind him messing with the rankings...

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March 16, 2005

Campbell Reporter Article

Nice piece about the campaign:

Library needs two measures approved to restore cuts
Moryt Milo
Campbell Reporter, March 16, 2005

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March 15, 2005

Update on Salinas Library

Some updates on the Salinas Libraries (via Mad Librarian):

The Salinas (Calif.) city council voted 6–0 March 1 to keep its three libraries open 36 hours per week through mid-June and 8–10 hours per week from July to December, if Mayor Anna Caballero’s goal to raise $500,000 is reached before June 30.
The Salinas Californian article

The Save Salinas Libraries! web site where you can donate via paypal.

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LJ Article

Our campaign is mentioned in a Library Journal article talking about different referenda and measures. Its really interesting to look at what passed and failed for different towns around the country.

The Good Fight--Library Referenda 2004
By Anne Marie Gold

Here's the section we're in:

Mail votes coming in CA

California did not have any building referenda on the ballot in 2004, but it did see several major libraries at the polls looking for operational support. Seven of nine libraries, including the facilities in San Jose, Sacramento,and Fresno, were successful in renewing funding sources. In the case of San Jose and Sacramento, the funding was changed from assessments, which only required a 50% vote, to special taxes requiring the higher threshold of two-thirds voter approval. When both measures were initially passed in 1996, libraries were able to use assessment financing. Unfortunately, that same ballot allowed for the passage of Proposition 218, which outlawed that type of financing for libraries.

Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) failed in its attempt to renew its funding source, another turnaround from an assessment to a special tax. Service reductions have already begun. According to Melinda Cervantes, SCCLD county librarian, the library will be going back to the voters in May 2005 with a mail ballot for two measures, one at the same dollar amount as the prior assessment, and a second that increases the tax by $12. In order for the second, higher tax to pass, the tax at the renewal amount would also have to pass.

A mail ballot will be a new option for Santa Clara (it will be the first time such a mechanism is used in the state for a library tax measure), and Cervantes says that the library believes it will have a better chance to pass the measures, as mail ballots generally have higher voter participation, and a targeted campaign can be mounted. She notes that the Fresno County Library and the Coalinga- Huron Library District were successful in renewing their 1/8¢ sales tax, which represents significant portions of their operating budgets.

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March 11, 2005

Teen Magazines, Part I

Trying to squeeze in some teen magazine readings to add to my YA class assignment (which is coming down to the wire, so there will hopefully be a bunch of postings about it this week)

Cosmo Girl
Feb 05 Issue (this cover image is the current issue, not February's)

cover story:
360 Ways to be Irresitible!
Throughout the issue, find secrets, tips, and tricks to look -- and feel -- hot!

interesting features:

  • Calendar with daily code work -- go to cosmogirl.com/wintoday to enter each day (what a great way to drive traffic to the site and to assure that readers look at that page of the magazine every single day!)
    Grand prize: a cellphone encrusted with diamonds (?!?!)
  • Embarassing stories, fun secrets, LOL jokes
  • personality linked to one of the elements quiz: I got "wood" and it suggests that I keep a small tree (i.e. a bonsai) in my room to enhance my inner wood energy
  • Cool ways to paint your walls
  • ad for Zoey 101, 8pm Sunday on Nick (you can IM or email her at zoeybgirl)
  • Behind the scenes at Electra, Racing Stripes, Coach Carter
  • "Ask College Girl"
  • Runway to Hallway (fashion)
  • Become an Activist (and Change the World)
  • 20 Ways to Love Yourself (adapted from Swim Naked, Defy Gravity and 99 Other Essential Things to Accomplish Before Turning 30
  • Girls' Night In! "You've IMed the world, you're out of gossip, and Everwood is a repeat. Now what are you going to do?" I was pleased to see that there were books in the options -- including a suggestion of starting a love short story book club!

Who's hot?

  • profile of Matt Long from Jack & Bobby
  • 6 degrees of Mandy Moore
  • lots on Lindsay Lohan
  • poster boys: Chirs Carmack (Luck Ward on the OC), Steve Hower (Van Montgomery on Reba), Josh Dehamed (Danny McCoy on Los Vegas), George Stults (Kevin KinFirk on 7th heaven)

"As its name suggests, the new CosmoGirl! borrows heavily from Hearst's juggernaut Cosmopolitan. Take away the sex, substitute "backpack" for "bedside" astrologer, use younger fashions and models, include Hollywood's younger hunks (and throw in some stickers of the stars), focus on giving girls confidence to be themselves, have lots of contest giveaways--and you have CosmoGirl!." (Cosmo Gets a Little Sister, Folio, 9/1/99)

"Already the oldest (launched in August 1999) and biggest (1.25-million ratebase) of the teen-sister titles, Cosmogirl! got even stronger when Hearst acquired teen leader Seventeen in May from Primedia. With that addition, says a Cosmogirl! spokesperson, "Hearst essentially owns the teen category." George Janson, senior partner and director for print at MediaEdge: CIA, calls the title the "cheerleader" of the bunch, "for girls who are still figuring out who they are,"whereas the magazine markets itself as something that "gives power to girls,"says publisher Kristine Welker. Either way, adds Janson, "I've been very impressed with Cosmogirl!'s growth, their numbers and how they're performing on the newsstand." Other media buyers agree that Cosmogirl! has the healthiest spot in the marketplace. Welker reports the 10-times-yearly title is planning to raise its ratebase in 2004, and points out that it made it onto Adweek's "40 Under 40" list for 2002. On the competition: "From a marketing and advertising standpoint, it is rare that Cosmogirl! gets compared to the other titles. Cosmogirl!'s distinct voice offers a realistic approach to a teen's budget." (Face-Off: Younger Sibling Rivalry, Folio, 7/1/03)

A recent Detroit News Article talks about Cosmo Girl and other magazines:

Teen girls' mags turn a new page
'Little sister' publications give jolt of excitement to a tired genre
By Lauren Bishiop / Cincinnati Enquirer

Take a look at the girls' teen magazine section of any bookstore or newsstand, and you'll find the choices -- not to mention the neon colors and dazzlingly white smiles of teen idols -- dizzying.

Not that long ago, young women in the market for a teen magazine had few choices: Seventeen, Teen and YM. But things are changing. The market is now dominated by so-called "little sister" publications, namely Teen People (the first to debut, in 1998), CosmoGirl!, ElleGirl and Teen Vogue.

Now, 60-year-old Seventeen is the last of the old-guard teen magazines on the newsstands. Because of declining circulation, YM ceased publication after its December-January issue, two years after Teen's demise.

The remaining magazines that target this market -- including newcomers such as Justine and a batch of celebrity-obsessed publications such as Twist and J-14 -- all are vying for the dollars of the roughly 33 million 12- to 19-year-olds who spent more than $175 billion last year, according to Illinois-based market research firm Teenage Research Unlimited. Contrary to prevailing wisdom, teens are not turning exclusively to the Internet as their information source.

"If Teen Vogue says something is in style, then (teens) believe it. Seventeen is seen as the big sister and best friend all rolled up into one," says Michael Wood, vice president of Teenage Research Unlimited. "These magazines have worked very hard to position themselves with authority, and I just don't see girls going elsewhere for that kind of information."

On the pages

What's the difference in girls' teen magazines? Here's a peek at what's in the March issues of some.
Teen People -- Ashlee Simpson gets the cover of this issue featuring prom dresses less than $100 and "Shocking True Stories!," such as "My parents are in jail." A new section on boys includes quizzes and dating advice. The cover boasts of 10 pages of hair, makeup and other beauty info.
CosmoGirl! -- Cover shows Destiny's Child and promotes a 24-page pull-out shopping magazine inside. The issue also includes an article on a teen who died after popping some pills -- "Read This Before Your Next Party," the magazine warns -- and a story on what guys say behind girls' backs.
ElleGirl -- Are you addicted to bad boys? Interested in a $40,000 camp for socialites? Want "247 Ways to Look Fabulous"? The magazine includes all of these stories, as well as an article on "The Lindsay Lohan no one knows."
Teen Vogue -- Highlights spring fashion, mastering the use of eyeliner, dressing for the prom, an interview with Emmy Rossum of "The Phantom of the Opera" and an article questioning whether the drinking age should be lowered.
Justine -- Serves up 247 prom essentials, a girls' guide to driving and the story of a bone marrow donor. Shane West also gets a mention on the cover, along with a reference to a quiz to determine how adventurous you are.

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March 07, 2005

Summer Classes

Today's the day we have to put in our requests for summer classes (I'm trying to get cataloging) Its always hard to think to the next semester when I'm feeling behind in the current one. The form goes live at 7, and already the site is really slow so tons of people are probably sitting there waiting for it.

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March 05, 2005


No, I AM supposed to be working today. So now I'm here, late and feeling very guilty.

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March 04, 2005

Campbell Kickoff, March 8th

Save the Date!
Tuesday, March 8th 6-9 p.m

The Campbell Campaign is holding it's official kickoff and volunteer orientation at
Stone Griffin Art Gallery in Downtown Campbell
416 E Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

Everyone is invited!

If you have already committed to working on another local campaign, this is a great opportunity to show our support for fellow library staff and campaign volunteers. It will also be a chance to share experiences working in different communities and find out how things are going with the campaign as a whole.

The volunteer effort is going great but we still need more people in ALL of our communities.

There has been tremendous support in the community but we still need to inform library supporters that Measure A is the only way to keep the library from losing critical funding and Measure B will help us restore some funding that we have lost already.

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March 03, 2005

YA Log #3: RuneScape

Ok, in my continuing efforts to work on my YA homework, I sat down to play RuneScape, which is apparently quite popular with teens in many libraries.

As it describes itself on the web site, "RuneScape is a massive 3d multiplayer adventure, with monsters to kill, quests to complete, and treasure to win."

I immediately got sucked into it and also realized, once again, really how awful I am at these types of games. The orientation module is great, it walks you through doing all sorts of tasks -- cut down a tree to make fire wood, light the fire, use the net to catch some shrimp and throw them on the fire (try not to burn them), etc. You follow a path and meet different guides who reveal a little more of the world's workings to you -- you learn to run, to fight, to bake bread, to cast spells, etc. Then they throw you into the "mainland" and that's when I hit my wall. You can go on quests where people ask you to find things for them, and I found the chef and he asked for flour and eggs and milk but then I spent an awfully long time wandering around trying to find a store with food to sell or a chicken or a cow or something. Eventually I gave up when I realized how much time had passed and remembered how much other stuff I was supposed to be doing.

According to the front page of the site, there are currently 43,141 people playing right now (8:15pm pacific). There are also countless fan sites, discussion boards, and online communities of the game players (eventually I did find some helpful hints to the Cook's Assistant Quest for the next time I venture back into the world.) There are even RuneScape Meetup Groups

Here's a small screenshot - not sure if you can see her but my character is there with the pigtails. (She's LibGrrl05 if you want to add her to your friends list)

The Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library (KY) even has "Runescape Night for Teens." They advertise it: "Calling all Runescape players! This night is just for you! Two hours of non-stop Runescape! Space is limited, so sign-up in advance!" (Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm)

An article in VOYA about the Phoenix Public Library (AZ) mentions RuneScape as well as one of the activities going on in their teen area: "Still others just want to unwind and play RuneScape® on the Internet with their friends." Wells Branch in Texas has "Runescape Night:  After closing, every computer will be dedicated to youth ages 12-18 for Runescape.  Reserve a machine now for $3. $5 at the door (if available)" which is part of their Children's Programming. And a quick search shows that many libraries around the country link to the game on their links pages.

I think I'll add a RuneScape night to my YA programming plan that I'm supposed to be working on for class. We could tie it in with some great fantasy adventure stories. I think a summer reading program where you had to undertake quests similar to those found in the game (learning new skills, reading new kinds of books, earning higher levels) would be great fun.

I'm hoping that there are teen phone volunteers at the KTEH pledge drive this weekend so I can discretely observe them :)

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February 25, 2005

Milpitas Post Article

Library parcel tax election to be held by mail
Milpitas Post, February 24, 2005
The Santa Clara County Library District is taking another shot at extending a parcel tax approved initially 10 years ago to maintain current hours and services ...

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February 22, 2005

Refgrunt, 2/22

Tuesday night on the J desk, here are some of the questions:

prairie dogs
porpoises and sea otters
Dragon Ball Z
historical fiction
Japanese Anime
Sammy Keyes & the Psycho Kitty Queen
2nd grade chapter books
magazine articles about pandas
4th grade chapter books
help finding book on shelf
Missing Mummy
Mary Kate & Ashley books
Magic School Bus videos
biography of a dead person
magazine about skiing
Barney videos
Micmac Indians
Trumpet of the Swan
Car repair manuals
teletubbie DVDs
Dealing with Dragons on tape
Thomas the Tank Engine books and videos
Diary of Anne Frank

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February 18, 2005


in class all day today and tomorrow...

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February 10, 2005

Go Bill Murray!

Emy just IMed to let me know that Bill Murray gave his winnings from a Pro-Am golf tournament to saving the Salinas Library! Here's the article from the SJ Merc about it.

Their web site is http://www.savethelibraries.org/ (not to be confused with ours, which is http://www.supportourlibraries.org/ since luckily we're not nearly as bad off as their libraries are.

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February 09, 2005

Newsletter on Blog in Newsletter

blogison.gifYay! The new issue of the library's newsletter is out and posted on the blog (of course) and one of the front page stories is about the blog! I was so pleased to walk into Tina's kitchen the other day and see the newsletter posted right on her refrigerator (since it is a great place to find all the libraries' hours and contact information in one place) so I really thin that lots of people might actually read it and learn about the blog! How exciting!

(Plus, there are quite a few librarian blogger types attending OSN2005, which is pretty cool too!)

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February 01, 2005

It's alive!!

latestsccoop.gifIt's official! Today is the Santa Clara County Library Blog Grand Opening! Check out the Latest SCCoop (http://www.santaclaracountylib.org/sccoop) As our Adult Services Manager wrote, "The Blog is On!"

Welcome to the Santa Clara County Library Blog The Latest SCCoop delivering up-to-date news and events for all of the nine libraries and bookmobile that serve the communities of Alum Rock, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.

Stop by frequently and check out what's happening and what's new at your library!

And subscribe to the RSS Feed

Way to go Paul for building such a great site (and getting all the needed approval!)

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January 27, 2005

And another semester begins

Another semester officially starts today -- luckily my class that meets Thursdays decided not to actually meet until next week (which allowed me to go to the JPA meeting instead). Both classes look very interesting (and like they'll be a lot of work).

Other than that, I'm still just trying to get back on top of everything here. I seem to have lost the minutes from a December meeting that I really should have typed up immediately but need to find and finish before Tuesday's meeting. I finally sent in a revised draft of a fundraising letter and built some volunteer tracking spreadsheets for the campaign committee. It looks like the library blog I've been championing will be launching next week which is very exciting (to me anyway). We're hosting a reunion of people involved in the Electronic Networking Association (ENA) [check the Netweaver archives for info] at OSN 2005 which I think will be very very cool (no, I wasn't involved in the group 20 years ago, but the people who were, early adopters of electronic networking, are all really interesting folks and I bet they're up to interesting things still). I have two days of refgrunts to type up and post (if I haven't lost my notes), so hopefully they'll get up here tomorrow (and backdated).

Its pouring rain here and I keep hearing a periodic plunking noise which makes me worry that there's a leak somewhere I haven't tracked down yet (hopefully its just something on the balcony?)

And congratulations to Betty for making Dean's List at school (nice job!!!)

Eek, its late and there's reading to be done!

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January 26, 2005

Library news coverage

Here's an article about the campaign from The Morgan Hill Times

Voters should be to be prepared for a two-question mail-in ballot in April that will determine the future of county library operations. Ballots will be mailed April 4 and are due back by May 3.


A local parcel tax committee, called the “Save Our Library” committee, will stage a “Volunteer Kick Off” event on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Old Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira Monte, 17860 Monterey Road, just south of Wright Avenue. Everyone, not just property owners, is invited to pick up information. They may also want to offer to help in the campaign.

Between Feb. 28 and May 2 many volunteers will be needed to staff phone banks explaining the ballot. The major volunteer effort will be phone banking, not precinct walking. Guglielmo Winery on East Main Avenue will be the site of a campaign fundraiser on March 6. Volunteers are needed to help with this event and with other fundraising activities.

And check out this mention of the writing contest which mentions the library's blog!!! (coming very soon!) (thanks Paul for telling me about this one)

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January 24, 2005

Staff Kickoff

A great bunch of librarians and library staff got together tonight for pizza to talk about ways we can get involved in the upcoming campaign! It was great to see everyone together and to get excited about the next 99 days (more details will be available after Thursday's JPA meeting.) We even raised some money (since our fearless leader pledged an extra $5 for every $25 we raised there tonight). If you are interested in donating to the campaign (or helping with the phone banking), let me know or check out the web site (you can give via paypal there). Three cheers to Paul for planning tonight's event and getting such a good turnout!

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January 23, 2005

Another nice library editorial

This one from Texas:

Editorial: Public libraries invaluable and Unger is a great one

Some good quotes:

Libraries are free to all citizens, and serve every age group from toddler to senior citizen. They unlock the world for young and old through books, computers, audio-visual resources, and important databases ...


Public libraries form a remarkable cooperative system. When you consider that the average price of a hardback book is approximately $30, and that Texas public libraries circulate more than 90 million items per year, that adds up to more than $2.7 billion in annual transactions.

The value of the knowledge - and just the pure enjoyment of reading (as well as viewing and hearing since libraries increasingly offer vidoes, DVDs, books on tape, music, etc.) - is incalculable.

Oh, and some articles on the ALA condemnation of the Salinas closings.

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January 14, 2005

I should be in Boston...

... but I'm not. I was all signed up to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston this weekend (partly as an excuse to finally see Brian & Karen's apartment) but my new internship was enough to get me back here to CA right after the holiday break instead of bumming around the East Coast for a couple of extra weeks.

So instead I'll be following along on the new PLA Blog.

Hmm, maybe I'll make it to the 2007 Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, WA, Jan. 19–24, 2007.

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January 12, 2005

Boston Globe Library Article

Mom sent along this nice piece from Boston.com about supporting libraries (via the Americans for the Arts website)

Don't close the book on libraries
January 5, 2005
"NEXT WEEK a storied team with more than 64,000 members and millions
of loyal fans will gather in Boston to try to lift 'curse' that has been haunting them for decades..."

Patrons may not realize how important the library is until they arrive to find the doors shuttered, the computers dark, or the periodicals missing. At that point it will be too late. We must act now to ensure the future of the library, and what better place to declare our commitment than in a city that so recently triumphed against all odds -- and curses? People profess to love libraries. But alas, libraries cannot live on love alone.
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December 21, 2004

New Community Librarian in Morgan Hill

Congratulations to the new head of the Morgan Hill Library! From the Merc today:

Roseanne Macek, the past children's program librarian at the Morgan Hill Library, was recently appointed as the new city community librarian by the Santa Clara County Library.

Macek received a bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State University, and a master's degree in library science from the university's School of Library and Information Science.

She's worked for the Santa Clara County Library for two years. Other jobs she's worked at include supervisor and manager of library services for Apple Computer.

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December 20, 2004

Library Cuts

There's an article in today's Merc about the libraries around here:

More cuts ahead for beleaguered library system
By Kellie Schmitt
Posted on Mon, Dec. 20, 2004

"It's been a tough year to check out Silicon Valley's libraries."

In October, the Santa Clara County library system started closing its nine libraries on Mondays, and even more cuts are coming in next year's budget, said Melinda Cervantes, the county librarian. Along with inconveniencing customers, closing one day also means more materials are left on the shelves, which means less room to expand collections.

Even though the county's public library system ranked among the top 100 in the country, Cervantes isn't sure it can maintain that honor with less funding.

``I have a feeling that next year we're going to slip a bit,'' she said. ``The Monday closings are going to take a toll.''

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December 14, 2004

Great Librarian Short Story

piratical.jpgAt Milpitas today I was helping to weed the J-fiction M's, and came across The Great Piratical Rumbustification & The Librarian and the Robbers by Margaret Mahy with pictures by Quentin Blake. The title caught my eye immediately and I put it aside to read.

School Library Journal wrote, "In The Librarian and the Robbers, Serena Laburnum, the beautiful librarian, is kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang of ill-read robbers. How she achieves her own rescue, then rescues the Robber Chief, is enough to delight the hearts of young readers and of librarians everywhere."

I was laughing out loud from the start -- especially when after the librarian is kidnapped, the City Council meets to figure out what to do:

'What is it when our librarian is kidnapped?' asked a councillor. 'Is it staff expenditure or does it come out of the cultural fund?' (p. 48)

When the robbers all catch Raging Measles from her, they allow her to go back to the library and borrow "The Dictionary of Efficient and Effacious Home Nursing" (calling off the kidnapping as a temporary measure) and she returns and nurses them back to health. She reads to them:

Robin Hood made them uneasy. He was a robber, as they were, but full of noble thoughts such as giving to the poor. These robbers had not planned on giving to the poor, but only on keeping for themselves. (p. 51)

A terrible earthquake hits the town and all the books topple from the shelves (which is of course the first story I had ever heard about Margaret and her Santa Cruz library...)

'Pulverized by literature, ' thought Mrs. Laburnum. 'The ideal way for a librarian to die.' (p. 60)

But the robbers come and save her! And not only does everyone live happily ever after, but the robbers give up being villians and become children's librarians!

I'm definitely adding this to my list of good librarian stories!

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December 13, 2004

Great Panel!

Thank you to our four great panelists and Laurie our moderator for a great panel tonight (and a much better turnout than I could have hoped for!) Pictured here are Eli Edwards (the mad librarian), Henry Bankhead (whose footsteps I seem to be following in), Penny Scott, Melodie Frances (who now I definitely want to take for cataloging!) and Laurie Briggs. You can watch the archive online here if you want to hear some great advice about library school, jobs, etc.

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December 12, 2004

ALASC Panel Discussion, 12/13

Hey SLIS classmates -- A reminder that this Monday (12/13) you are invited to find out all those things about life after SLIS you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

ALASC Presents:
"If I knew then what I know now..."
Featuring a panel of alumni answering your questions about classes, jobs and preparing for life after SLIS.

Join us Monday, December 13th, 7pm
SJSU Instructional Resource Center (IRC), Room 302
Casual discussion & networking following the panel Q&A.

Panelists include: Penny Scott (Reference Librarian/Business Liaison at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library/Geschke center), Melodie Frances (Head of Cataloging at The Graduate Theological Union), Henry Bankhead (bookmobile librarian for the County of Santa Clara bookmobile) and Eli Edwards (technical services at Stanford University and super blogger)

For those of you who can't attend in person, the panel discussion will be streamed online (and archived for future viewing).

Live on 12/13 at 7pm:

The presentation will be archived for later viewing at:

See you Monday (or online!)


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December 09, 2004

eBooks and Blogs

Everyone's been blogging about this already, but since Brian sent it to me this morning with the note "sis - this is all you!," I figured I should post it as well.

Libraries Reach Out, Online
Published: December 9, 2004

In addition to being all about eBooks (which, given that I'm about to learn a great deal about e-documents of various kinds for my new internship... fingers crossed, background check pending), is very cool.... it also mentions library blogs and other pet topics of mine!

Some good quotes:

"E-books are only one way that libraries are laying claim to a massive online public as their newest service audience. The institutions are breaking free from the limitations of physical location by making many kinds of materials and services available at all times to patrons who are both cardholders and Web surfers, whether they are homebound in the neighborhood or halfway around the world."
[The very first paper I wrote for library school was all about how "New information technologies have transformed the library in many ways, but rather than fearing new technologies or going to the extreme of completely virtual libraries, libraries can best serve their communities by intelligently combining their strengths in both the physical and technological areas to provide services, create public spaces online and off, and encourage community building and dialogue."]
"Posting electronic versions of libraries' holdings is only part of the library's expanding online presence. Library Web sites are becoming information portals. Many, like the Saint Joseph's County Library in South Bend, Ind., have created Web logs as community outreach tools."
[of course that's Tame the Web's blog]
"Others are customizing their Web sites for individual visitors. The Richmond Public Library in British Columbia (www.yourlibrary.ca), for example, offers registered users ways to track books and personal favorites, or receive lists of suggested materials, much like the recommendation service at Amazon.".
[my most recent paper for class was on overlaying recommender systems like that onto the online catalog...]
"But libraries' investments in online services are aimed at more than just remote users. They are also adding technology inside their buildings to draw community members in. Despite all the modernization, old-fashioned formulas still matter."
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100,000 Books!

Looks like the Gift of Reading folks collected over 100,000 books! I went and sorted for a few hours this morning (a reminder that I'm still not very good at determining what age many books are for -- luckily there were a bunch of real librarians there helping out too.) After being sorted and boxed up, the books will go to all these groups who then give them out to kids this holiday season. Most of the volunteers come through those different groups (I heard about it from PPMM which works with Kids in Common to deliver children's books to Santa Clara County clinics.) Interestingly, the treat they gave the volunteers to thank them were free passes to The Tech!

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November 24, 2004

Book Drive

bookdrive.jpgThe Gift of Reading
Presented by the Mercury News and Kids In Common
November 8 through December 3, 2004

Give the gift of reading
Whether it's a toddler's picture story or a teenager's novel, a book brings magic into a young reader's life. It provides comfort and hope on dark days. It can challenge, inspire, and open doors.

Each year, the Mercury News Gift of Reading Program brings this magic to thousands of Bay Area children who need it most.

There are lots of places to drop off the books. You can give any (new, good condition) book, they have suggestions as well (in English, Spanish and Vietnamese). Or you can sign up to help sort books (I'm going 12/9 if anyone is interested. PPMM sent out an alert for volunteers since they're working with Kids in Common and the Mercury News on the Gift of Reading program).

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November 21, 2004

Weed of the Month

Weeding* (or deselection) is a really important part of collection management in libraries and we spent a chunk of yesterday's class talking about it. Weeding makes it easier for people to find what they want in the library's collection and unweeded collections often include outdated stereotypes and inaccurate information.

My prof told us about this great weeding site yesterday in class, and since I was helping to weed today at work I got into a discussion with the other librarian who hadn't seen the site. Its the Weed of the Month by Sunlink, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.

The SUNLINK Weed of the Month program is an effort to help provide Florida’s K-12 School Library Media specialists with guidelines and suggestions for weeding their collections "a little at a time" as well as for adding quality materials. The program idea and specific suggestions came from other media specialists via LM_NET, a listserv for library media specialists, and SUNLINK’s Weed of the Month is now used throughout the country. A subject section of school library media collections will be identified each month as a weeding target.

The best part is the section with the "things we've dug up while weeding" -- where librarians write in about the funny and scary titles discovered by media specialists around the world.

* not to be confused with the type of weed research Shachar does

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November 20, 2004

Last Collection Management Class

If you're only going to have class in person on campus once or twice a semester, it should definitely be on a day where the campus looks like this:
fallcampus1.jpg fallcampus2.jpg
Plus, the Friends of the Library were having a big $5/bag book sale, so I couldn't resist getting a couple of interesting looking things...

Class was good as well -- I turned in my final paper which was on "Supplementing traditional reader's advisory service by layering user rating systems and collaborative filtering systems onto our online catalogs" -- like Amazon does when in recommends books for you based on what you've bought or rated and what other people who bought those books recommend... We had a great discussion about merchandizing and presentation of books in the library -- basically asking "What would Barnes and Noble do?" and realizing that many of the patrons coming to the library are there to browse, and we really don't set up most of our libraries to accomodate that. Rather, the books are organized so that we can find them, not so that patrons can. And don't even get me started on the problems with our online catalogs...

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November 18, 2004


Some good news about the New York City public libraries from today's NY Times:

BOOKS | November 18, 2004    
Public Library to Expand Hours and Services, and Restructure Branches
By Edward Wyatt

"The New York Public Library, forced to cut services after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hobbled the city's economy, is preparing to expand its hours and services and to restructure itself to coordinate the neighborhood branches more closely with the library's central operations. As part of the changes, the library's landmark building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, will adopt a six-day schedule next month, opening on Sundays for the first time since 1970, library officials said yesterday."     "Even at a time when books can be ordered online relatively cheaply and many bookstores function as libraries with cafes, the public library maintains an important role in the city's daily life. Nearly 2 million New Yorkers hold a library card, and the New York Public Library system had 15 million visitors last year. Roughly 98 percent of all computers with free public Internet access in New York City are in the public libraries."

ARTS | November 18, 2004    
Lion Kings of Urban Jungle Get Facelifts
AP Story

"A pair of famous New York faces recently underwent face-lifts and chin-tucks to restore their youthful luster. The two-week makeover tightened things up on Fortitude and Patience, the twin pink marble lions positioned outside the New York Public Library for the last 93 years. The lion kings of the urban jungle needed the work after decades of pigeon droppings, winter weather and climbing kids. On Thursday, library President Paul LeClerc unveiled the spruced-up lions by yanking a bright blue plastic tarp off each lion, which had been caged in steel scaffolding during the project." 

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Librarian Meetup Tonight

Librarians MeetupsA reminder that you can come and meet other local Librarians and other SLIS students to discuss new books, trends, funding, classes, and to have fun!


There are currently 49 Librarian Meetup groups around the world, 3 near San Jose, and perhaps one right near to you!

Again, If you're new to Meetups, here's how they work: A Meetup is a local gathering of a group of people brought together by a common interest. Meetups occur in public venues such as restaurants, bookstores, bars, and coffee houses in hundreds of cities around the world. So sign up today at http://librarians.meetup.com/ and they'll send you an email when its time to pick the next location.

Its a great way to organize local events and to 'meet-up' with other librarians and library school students and alumni!

Sign on today and join the group!

Some of the events this Thursday November 18 @ 7:00 PM

Santa Clara County Librarians September Meetup
Alameda County Librarians September Meetup
San Francisco Librarians September Meetup

Join your local group to find out where they'll be meeting! We're hoping to get additional folks to sign up so there will be meetings in more areas around the state by next month's meeting!


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November 16, 2004

Regular Customers

Its so nice to have a regular weekly shift at the library (now tuesday nights). Now that I've done a couple in a row, I'm recognizing some of the repeat patrons and feel like I'm getting to know some of them (most of the rest of the time I'm at different libraries on different days at different times, which is fun in its own way but I definitely feel like I'm missing out on getting to know the folks and helping them over time).

There's a great Mom with two kids, and the boy's teacher keeps assigning interesting family extra credit projects (which apparently the parents are supposed to help with) and this week I got to help find ways to make totem poles out of paper towel rolls (my favorite was this pdf template from the Monterey Bay Aquarium here) The daughter has now read all the books on our first & second grade suggested reading list and so I introduced her to some of the young Cam Jansen series (and others on the Top 10 Series for 2nd Grade list). And of course lots of other people to help find biographies, tap dancing movies, modern dance books (for a report unfortunately due tomorrow), sign language books, information on the history of the telephone, Pilgrims (x2), and lots of other interesting sounding books.

Back tomorrow night for more fun!

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November 15, 2004

Top 1000 Books Owned by Libraries

Via Resource Shelf comes the perfect way to procrastinate doing my collection development paper, OCLC's list of the Top 1000 Titles in Worldcat, the works most widely held by libraries (52,000 libraries in 95 countries around the globe.)

There are some great factoids about the books on the list.

You can download the whole list in case you want "to check off those you own or ponder the popularity patterns" but it warns "Careful! The list can become addictive." and I have no doubt that it could be...

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Internet Librarian

I should have gone to Internet Librarian. Monterey really isn't that far and it did sound like it would be such a cool conference. I thought it would be too much with CLA this past weekend, and it probably would have been (since I really should be buckling down and writing this darn paper I've been procrastinating about!)... but since almost all the librarian bloggers whose feeds I subscribe to are there and blogging, I'm definitely feeling like I'm missing out... Sigh.

I have to learn that I can't be everywhere, can't do everything, can't know everything... sigh

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Children's Book Week

Celebrate Children's Book Week November 15 - 21, 2004

cbwbanner.jpgLet's rock... let's roll... let's move... let's go... let's discover... let's fly... let's do it all... with children's books. Get ready for Children's Book Week 2004 with this colorful and engaging collection of decorative materials from some of today's hottest illustrators. Since 1919, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated Children's Book Week during the week before Thanksgiving. So, this year—join the party and share the joy of reading... Let's Book. 2004 Children's Book Week poster Chris Raschka, artist

A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 15 - 21, 2004.

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November 14, 2004

CLA, Day Two

Another day at the CLA conference!

Hung out a bunch with Paul, brainstormed about the election and blog, and watched him set up for the Interns@Your Library presentation that Davi and Nancy were doing (since I wanted to see how the quotes I had sent in were being used).

Sessions I attended:

  • Setting Up Your Library's Blog
    featuring Sarah Houghton (aka the Librarian in Black) Some good tips but its clear our project is way ahead of the other people in the audience who still hadn't played with RSS feeds or had really considered blogging...
  • Spent some quality time cruising the exhibit hall and talking with classmates, SLIS faculty, etc.
  • Talking to Power
    with various elected officials, city managers, etc. about how to talk to politicians and power people about your library. The head of our county library system was there so Paul and I had a good talk with her afterwards about the election...
  • Attended the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science 50th Anniversary Reception at the Hyatt Sainte Clair across the street from the Convention Center.
    It featured a fashion show (co-emceed by one of my Reference teachers) of librarian and patron fashion from the 50s-90s. Ellen starred as the 1990s patron.

    Sadly, tomorrow's closing luncheon which features Lemony Snicket (!?!?!!?!!) is sold out. Bummer! I'm not sure its worth heading down for just the one morning workshop -- either "comiX.@#$! A New Graphic Novels Discussion Program for Teens" or "The State of the State" with the CLA's lobbyists -- but I'll see how I feel in the morning...

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November 13, 2004

CLA, Day One

cla-penny.jpgCLA is great so far! I saw tons of people I knew from school and the SCC library system and met a bunch of interesting new people. I even got to finally meet in person my professor from last summer's children's literature course (which had all been online).

Here's what I attended:

  • Conference Kick-Off - An Orientation for First Time Attendees
  • Opening General Session featuring the State Librarian, Mayor of San Jose, and Peter Norvig, Director of Search Quality at Google.
  • Career Forum: Searching and Interviewing for the Right Job
  • Then I worked at registration for a couple of hours which was fun -- mostly directing people to where they could buy lunch
  • YA Know... Recommended Reading for Teens and "Tweens" (in preparation for my Spring class on YA Resources)
  • CLA All Conference Reception in the Exhibit Hall (just jumped in for a snack, I'll have to spend more time at the exhibits tomorrow)

Did I mention the bookcart drill team?

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November 12, 2004

CLA Conference - and ALASC social event

The California Library Association Conference is here in San Jose 11/12-11/15 (I'll be working at registration tomorrow afternoon and hope to attend a few sessions this weekend) In addition:

The ALASC will be kicking off the CLA conference with a social at
Gordon Biersch on Friday, November 12th from 4 to 6 pm.

Gordon Biersch is located at at 33 East San Fernando Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets, just a few blocks south of the SJSU campus. We will be in the bar inside and will try to stake out a few tables near by. So that you can find us, we will be wearing name tags and have a few copies of the ALASC newsletter, The SLIS Descriptor, with us.

Please note that everyone is welcome (you do not need to be registered for
the conference to join us), and we look forward to meeting you and
answering "everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask"
about the SLIS program!

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October 30, 2004


Here are some photos from the Grand Opening of the new Cupertino Library! Its a gorgeous new space -- with tons of room to sit and read or use computers, and a courtyard in the middle where you can take books and read (without even checking them out). The whole plaza around it has wifi, and there's a HUGE fish tank on the way in. Paul was there taking pictures as well (and hopefully he got some better shots!)

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October 21, 2004

Librarian Meetup Tonight

Just a quick reminder that Santa Clara County Librarians Meetup Group has an event tonight! Here are the details:

What: Santa Clara County Librarians October Meetup

When: Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM
Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
5353 Almaden Expy #B100 (Cafe)
San Jose CA 95118
See who's coming or update your RSVP:

Update: Well Laura and I had a lovely time chatting, knitting (though I ended up ripping out the start of my hat and may go back to making a scarf out of the fun fuzzy blue and grey yarn I have), and checking out all the cool children's books at B&N. It would have been nice to have some other new people, but hopefully each month we'll get a few new folks.

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October 16, 2004

#1 Library

Our library is #1 again!

Press Release:

4th year in a row – Santa Clara County Library tops among libraries in U.S.

National ranking by population category recognizes library’s high quality service

In the world of libraries, it’s the Academy Awards and an SAT test score all rolled into one. The Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings are published this month in American Libraries Magazine and librarians at the 9, 027 libraries in the U.S. held their collective breaths to see if they made the top 10 for their population category.

For the fourth year in a row, topping the list of libraries serving 250,000 to 500,000 people is Santa Clara County Library. This year it was the only library in California to be ranked as among the 100 best in the U.S. for high quality, cost effective service.

Santa Clara County Library operates community libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga as well as the Alum Rock and Woodland branches and the popular Bookmobile that serves outlying neighborhoods, child care centers, senior centers and migrant labor camps.

The HAPLR 2004 Ratings are calculated by using 15 different measures of library effectiveness in serving the community including the number of visits per capita, circulation per capita, the percentage of the library’s budget spent on materials, the number of periodicals per 1,000 residents and staffing per 1,000 residents. More than three million visitors now come annually to the libraries in the Santa Clara County Library system and they are checking out 10 million items a year.

Santa Clara County Library has a diverse collection of materials in more than 25 languages and in many formats such as CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks, and electronic full-text databases. The Santa Clara County Library web page, www.santaclaracountylib.org, offers access to the library catalog, electronic research databases and other information about library services, programs and hours.

The mission of the Santa Clara County Library is to provide comprehensive library services to residents of unincorporated areas of the County and residents of nine cities – Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. Any member of the public, regardless of their home address, can obtain a Santa Clara County Library card and use its collections and services.

SJ Mercury News article.

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October 14, 2004

LJ on CA Libraries

There's a Library Journal article posted on CA To Vote on $600M in Bonds which mentions the Santa Clara County System (I worked at Los Altos today btw and had a great time).

Santa Clara reduces hours

Many libraries in Santa Clara County, CA, were to close on Mondays, effective October 11, owing to a $1.1 million budget shortfall this fiscal year. Several branches in the Santa Clara County Library (SCCL), which provides service to residents of unincorporated areas as well as nine cities, were already closed Sundays. The SCCL Joint Powers Authority voted unanimously to cut hours in anticipation of the expiration of the $5.3 million benefit assessment tax in June 2005. This revenue provides 21 percent of SCCL's operating budget.

The benefit assessment tax, which was approved in 1994 at $33 per single family home, wasn't renewed this past March. The more than 60 percent voter approval was short of the two-thirds needed for taxation measures. The Joint Powers Authority soon will decide whether to ask voters again, in 2005, to extend the tax.

It also mentioned how Salinas may close its libraries along with some good news, that "California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger September 23 signed the California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006, SB 1161. If voters approve the measure in March 2006, it would authorize $600 million in state general obligation bonds for library construction and renovation."

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October 08, 2004

Lots of fun reference stuff today

So I'm not going to do refgrunts anymore after being scolded in my comments, but do want to report that it was a great day on the desk in Morgan Hill (1-6, we're just about to close up) and I even got to do a little reader's advisory (chick lit!), ILLed a 1859 book from Stanford, helped figure out the microfiche machine for a patron, went through pages and pages of Internet signups, answered about 25 other questions/requests, and had a grand old time doing it.

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October 02, 2004


Thought I was supposed to be working at Campbell today but it turned out I wasn't on the schedule. I just hope I wasn't supposed to be somewhere else... In the meantime maybe I can get caught up on the rest of my work and homework... or on sleep...

Tomorrow I'm definitely supposed to be at Milpitas.

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September 28, 2004

Morgan Hill OpEd

The Morgan Hill Times has an opinion piece today (Budget priorities misplaced; prisons over libraries) about our library system having to close on Mondays.

We can remind our friends and neighbors of the important role libraries play in our communities. Maybe then, when the parcel tax makes an appearance on the ballot, most likely in June 2005, enough of us will vote for it that we can return to a six-day-a-week library system.

How a society chooses to spend its money is a reliable priorities check. Let’s work together to make libraries a much higher priority in our community.

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September 27, 2004

Banned Book Week

[2004 BBW logo Elect to Read a Banned Book; Link to the ALA's Banned Books Week page; http://www.ala.org/bbooks/]Its Banned Book Week this week! Celebrate Your Freedom to Read September 25–October 2, 2004

Check out ALA's list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000. I'm sad to say that I've only read 24 of them so far. Of the 10 most frequently challenged in 2003, I've only read Harry Potter and Bridge to Terabithia (though I honestly don't remember the occult/satanism parts, just how depressing it was) I may have read Of Mice and Men but can't seem to remember if I did?

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Clark-Atlanta Library program

Thanks to Karen for sending along this interesting NPR piece about the proposed closing of the Clark-Atlanta Library program.

Cuts Force Clark-Atlanta Library Program to Close
from The Tavis Smiley Show, Monday , September 27, 2004
Due to financial cuts, Clark-Atlanta University in Georgia, a historically black college, is planning to close its well-regarded school of library and information science. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with Akilah Nasokhere a librarian and a Clark-Atlanta graduate and Carol Brey Casiano, president of the American Library Association.

There's been a lot of discussion around library blogs, Library Journal, the ALA, etc. and this was an interesting interview on the need for librarians, particularly minority librarians, and generally for support for libraries, librarians, and library schools.

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September 20, 2004

ALASC Fundraiser Today

This is a reminder to please attend the ALASC Fundraiser at the Fresh Choice
in Mountain View on MONDAY, September 20th! All you have to do is present
the attached flyer to the Fresh Choice cashier at ANYTIME on Monday, and 20%
of your purchase will go to ALASC!!!

You can also access the flyer from our website:
http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/alasc/flyer.doc Copy them and give them to family, friends, co-workers, etc.

This is great time to meet fellow SLIS students, donate to your student ALA
chapter, and have some delicious salad! ALASC officers will be there
starting at 6pm to meet and greet students, but you are welcome to go to
Fresh Choice at any time in the day to participate in the fundraiser.

Hope to see you there!
ALASC Officers

Update: Well, it was a small fundraiser, but it was fun to see folks and get to share stories about classes, teachers, library budget problems, etc.


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September 13, 2004


In today's issue of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)'s Monthly E-mail Newsletter, The Primary Source, the "IMLS on the Road" section features the following two workshops at our ASTC Conference:

"Building Resources to Support a Nation of Learners," Dr. Schroeder Cherry, IMLS Deputy Director for Museums, Annual Conference, sponsored by Association of Science and Technology Centers, San Jose, CA 9/17-19.

"Create Your Museum Funding Using IMLS Funds," Dan Lukash and Robert Trio, IMLS Program Officers, sponsored by the Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, 9/18-19.

Interesting, they don't include the session called "From Silos to Seamless Infrastructure: Building Resources to Support a Nation of Learners" which features Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners. The Institute fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries. The Institute also encourages partnerships to expand the educational benefit of libraries and museums.

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September 07, 2004

Closing Mondays

Its very sad, but our library system is going to have to close Mondays starting October 11.

The news hit today (Press Release, Mercury News)

Many libraries throughout Silicon Valley will be closed on Mondays, beginning October 11, due to a $1.1 million budget shortfall this fiscal year for the Santa Clara County Library system.

The libraries affected are located in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. Also cut back will be two branches operated by the Santa Clara County Library -- Alum Rock and Woodland -- and the popular Bookmobile that serves outlying neighborhoods, child care centers, senior centers and migrant labor camps.

The action was the result of a unanimous vote by the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, which also took into account the possible loss of $5.3 million in June 2005 when the Benefit Assessment tax expires. This is a significant revenue source for the Santa Clara County Library system, and the JPA will discuss at future meetings what additional cutbacks may be needed. Still under consideration by the JPA is whether to ask voters in 2005 if this source of funding for the libraries should be continued. A measure on the March 2004 Election Ballot that would have extended the assessment fell just short of the required two-thirds vote for approval.

I was at the JPA meeting where they voted for the closure. It just makes me sad to think of all those people who need the library not being able to use it -- and Monday is often a very busy day there. Time to start working on the next ballot initiative to restore funding and get those important services back!

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September 05, 2004

Culminating Questions

While I'm leaning towards doing a thesis rather than the culminating papers to end my MLIS, it is interesting to read through this semester's topics. Good luck to Ellen and all my other classmates who are culminating this semester!

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August 30, 2004

ALASC Fundraiser, 9/20

Thank you to Mana, our fearless ALASC webmaster who sent out the following reminder this morning:

Please help your ALASC on Monday, September 20th! When you eat at Fresh Choice in Mountain View, at any time on 9/20, bring in this flyer (available for download) and Fresh Choice will donate 20% to ALASC!

Tell friends, family, co-workers, anyone about this event; you don't
have to be a SLIS student to donate. You just have to remember to have
the flyer ready to present to the cashier.

Look at how easy it is to fit in a little Fresh Choice during your day:

-Get a group of friends during your lunch hour
-Get a bite to eat before heading to class
-You can even get something "To go"

Please support your ALASC. Thank you!!


Mountain View
2540 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040-1390
(650) 949-4901

Store Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am - 10pm

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August 29, 2004

Bank of America Archivist

Just saw a great "Portrait Of A Bank" ad for Bank of America on during the Olympics. It features Kathleen Collins, Corporate Archivist for Bank of America.

"We have so many stories in the archives...
If you know what's worked in the past, there's no question about what you should be doing in the present and in the future...

(I learned on an archivist mailing list that its actually an old ad from at least January, but I guess I'm just more aware of things featuring librarians and archivists these days...)

Turns out that the corporate archives are in SF... might be a fun place for a class field trip:

Conditions of Access: Primary service for internal Bank needs; non-bank requests addressed as time permits.

Holdings: 1870 to present; bulk dates 1904 to present

Description: correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, photographs, advertisements, ledgers, artifacts, relating to founder Amadeo P. Giannini and the history of Bank of America, Bank of Italy, and other banks subsumed under these corporations.

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Why the library needs a blog

In preparation of a presentation Paul and I are giving on Tuesday, I'm pulling thoughts together on why the library needs a blog. Feel free to chime in if I've forgotten anything, this is a work in progress and I'll be adding to it as I go.

What is the need?

In discussing community participation in library needs analysis, G, Edward Evans writes that involving the community can help achieve the "four-fold purpose of gaining publicity, acquiring voluntary help, encouraging the direct expression of needs, and securing the involvement of the people in library affairs." (Developing Library and Information Center Collections, Fourth Edition, 2000, p. 60) These are among the same purposes we are hoping to achieve through this information campaign.

To me, it is clear that there is a need to promote all of the great things the library is doing and to reach out to all of the library's stakeholders and provide them with information and get them more involved. It is a remarkable library system serving an incredibly diverse community with outstanding services and resources. We should be using whatever technology is available to get the word out about the library's offerings.

We want a way to keep the web site more up to date, to be able to alert stakeholders and the media of new materials and programming, and to both spotlight the achievements of the individual community libraries and the system as a whole.

Why a blog? What is a blog?

At its most basic, a web log (or blog) is a web site. Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly. While many blogs (including my own) are personal diary-like sites, many organizations and communities are finding great benefits from using the tools as well.

For our organization, a blog will let us distribute responsibility for creating content (while keeping editorial control and a consistent look and feel). It will automatically archive the content and allow multiple entry points (most recent, by library, by topic, etc.) and the site will be completely searchable. In addition, the site will automatically produce an "RSS Feed," a special page that people can subscribe to in newsreaders and aggregators that will alert them when there is new material posted to the site. We will also collect email addresses through the site and in the libraries to use to send periodic reminders of new material to draw people back to the site.

Using a blog lets new content "bubble up" to the top, rather than only being hidden deep within subsections of a large web site. It serves as a regularly updated source of "What's New" at the library and in our communities. It will provide an opportunity to reach out to particular community groups and for new groups to discover how the library can serve them.

Content Areas I would like to see

For me, the blog provides an opportunity to put a "face" on the library and to provide it with a strong "voice." So I would want to see lots of pictures, book recommendations, and personal accounts. I would want official notices of all the upcoming events, and then personal accounts of what happened, signed by a library staff member. I'd want to see profiles of staff members to get a better idea of who was bringing these great services to the community.

I'd have a category for each of the community libraries so patrons could go directly into the information about their local library, but also areas where you could get a system-wide glimpse of what's going on. Take booksales, for example -- I would want to know where all of the booksales are going to be this month. The libraries are close enough that I could make a special trip to another town if one was happening.

I'd want to involve all the existing service groups: adult services, children's services, teen services, circulation, management, etc.

I'd want to know of newly a

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August 28, 2004

Spartan Daily Article

LIS News today picked up an article from the SJSU school paper, the Spartan Daily, about the award our new library received recently.

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August 27, 2004


Had my first cataloging class tonight (online) and was pleasantly surprised to see I knew quite a few of the folks from other classes. Plus, one of the students turns out to be Amherst '99 and remembered me from my work with the Women's Center there. [actually its still going on in the background right now, but wrapping up]

Now I need to get my copy of "The Code" -- the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (which Amazon promises should be along shortly) and get to work on my MARC records! Eek.

Amytha and I spent the afternoon getting the last articles we need for our Collection Development Class (minus two volumes that were missing that we're hoping Ellen might have found) so I'd better get going on that work too!

Its definitely going to be a busy semester!

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August 24, 2004

Cell phones at the Gilroy Library

A column from Monday in the Gilroy Dispatch (picked up in today's LIS News) briefing discusses cell phone use in the library.

The columnist quotes Community Librarian Lani Yoshimura in response to a reader who wrote in to complain about the noise and cell phone yakking going on in the library. Yoshimura added, “People think of the old traditional libraries where people would just say, ‘SHH!’ and that’s not really what some libraries are today. They’re more like community centers with computers and teen areas and such.”

The Gilroy Library is where I started my internship. I have to admit that just this Sunday I shh'ed a fair number of kids who were not using their inside-the-library voices, but it certainly isn't a completely quiet place most of the time. Most of our libraries here have a quiet area -- ideally one blocked off with glass doors so it is really quiet inside -- but I guess the levels aren't universally enforced.

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August 20, 2004

Refgrunt and Music

Slow Friday afternoon at Morgan Hill, but its a great library and everyone's so nice!

First hour on the kids desk, found books to learn how to draw fast cars, books on sharks and bugs and trains (and learned that train books are in two different places). Watched a kid show off his light-up shoes and his cartwheel abilities.

Then over to the adult desk for three hours:
books on making art out of gourds (but she already had the only book we had in today)
playstation games
temporary caregiver authorization form
A Woman of Substance
Angels in America
Their Eyes Were Watching God
August issue of the japanese Magazine "Mrs" (hasn't come in yet)
1st, 11th and 12th book of the Left Behind series
Proceed with Passion

Other things I learned - did you know that you can do mapquest in other languages? Very helpful when a woman who only spoke Spanish needed us to find her directions someplace. Just click settings and there are a number of languages to choose from!

And right before I got on the desk, someone wanted to know the name of Jefferson's favorite novel, which apparently he kept in his desk with a lock of his wife's hair in it after she died. The librarian found the name of the book and it was available for the person who had asked to check out and read.

morganhilldancing.jpgBefore my shift I stopped into the Morgan Hill Museum, which is next door to the library. I learned a great deal about the famous Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper, a semi-precious gemstone unique to the area. After work I went to a nice Italian restaurant and walked around town with Shachar.

There's free music and dancing as part of the Friday Night Music Series - 7-9 pm every Friday night during the summer, June-September, at Second Street and Monterey Road in Downtown Morgan Hill. Its really a cute little town!

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August 18, 2004

Nominate your favorite libraries

Libraries for the Future is preparing to spotlight one library per state to show the nation -- and other libraries -- how dynamic and creative modern libraries can be. Have a great library to suggest? Nominate them here. I just nominated some of my favorites, including the fantastic Westport Library and of course our Santa Clara County Library System.

(and of course I'm related to Elizabeth Gordon, the National Director of the Americans for Libraries Council, but don't think I've ever met her)

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August 15, 2004

Fixing the First Job

Interesting piece in Library Journal, Fixing the First Job by Ria Newhouse & April Spisak, where new librarians speak out on problems in the profession. (via Resource Shelf)

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August 14, 2004

SLIS Orientation

slisorientation2.jpgFive of the SJSU SLIS ALA Student Chapter officers made a guest appearance at this morning's SLIS New Student Orientation. Orientation filled three rooms (2 by video) and was telecast to the campus down in Fullerton and streamed online. At lunch we went around trying to reassure everyone that the program isn't as scary as orientation made it sound, and promoting the buddy program where new students can sign up to have someone be their 'buddy' to show them the ropes (note to any of my classmates who may be reading this, we still need additional buddies to sign up, so volunteer today! it's going to be fun and we'll be organizing social events for everyone to get together and meet one another, etc.)


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August 10, 2004

How to Eat Fried Worms

Well, a raw, live worm actually. Via Resource Shelf is a story in the Idaho Statesman called "Meet a worm-eating, stereotype-challenging, irrepressible librarian" profiling the librarian there. (She ate the worm as the "prize" for the kids reading 7000+ hours during the summer reading program at the Meridian Library).

It of course reminded me of How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, an old favorite. Definitely not one that you forget reading.

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August 09, 2004

One Book Projects

I've always been fascinated by the cities and towns that do the one book projects, where everyone in town reads and discusses a book in a series of formal and informal events around town. Library Journal has an entry today pointing to the Library of Congress Center for the Book listing the books by author) that have been chosen around the country. I like their one-book-to-rule-them-all sounding intro:

Who rules the one-book, one-community reading programs? Harper Lee, whose To Kill a Mockingbird has been chosen 25 times, according to statistics compiled by The Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying was read by 19 communities, while Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was chosen 18 times. Among the other popular books are Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie (picked 11 times) and five books selected seven times: Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shoutin', Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, Kent Haruf's Plainsong, and Homer Hickham's October Sky (aka Rocket Boys). John Steinbeck has four books on the list, which together were chosen a total of ten times. Several one-shot choices are intriguing. The classically-named community of Ithaca, NY, chose Sophocles' Antigone, while Tampa-Hillsborough County, FL, chose another play, Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics, which is set locally. In Vancouver, BC, for the third year of the project, the library allowed the public to choose, and they selected Joel Bakan's The Corporation, billed as "a thought-provoking, brilliant account of the corporation's pathological pursuit of power."

The WestportReads program isn't on the list, which is strange. This October they'll be doing town discussions and activities featuring "When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. SiliconValleyReads is done in February.

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August 04, 2004

Museum of Science Library

For my own personal how-cool-a-job-would-that-be-list, I stumbled across some information today on the Boston Museum of Science's Library & Resource Center. The description says:

The Educator Resource Center and Lyman Library (ERCLL) functions as an information center for the Museum of Science. The Library maintains an extensive collection of science based resources that may be accessed by museum members, staff, and local area education professionals, including home school educators. The Educator Resource Center is evolving to become an important resource for science, technology and engineering educators. The collection focuses primarily on engineering and technology education and includes an extensive knowledge base for curriculum materials and science project resources.... The library staff can assist users with research, lesson plan development, and reference work. The staff will also soon be conducting teacher workshops to help familiarize educators with the various resources available to them within the collection.

I'm hoping I can go visit when I'm in Boston in January (or before).

I found it through an article one of the librarians there had written in 2000 about books to meet The National Science Education Standards.

I'm researching books on earthquakes for 3rd-6th graders for my last Children's Lit paper if anyone has suggestions.

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More library stats

The site for The Most Literate Cities report is working again and here's some additional stats on the library aspect of it:

Top 10 Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization
1) Number of school media personnel per 1,000 public school students
2) Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population
3) Number of library Internet connections per 10,000 library service population
4) Volumnes held in the library per capita of library service population
5) Number of circulations per capita of library service population
6) Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population
These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population.

1) Akron, OH
2) Kansas City, MO
3) St. Louis, MO
4) Pittsburgh, PA
5) Columbus, OH
6) Toledo, OH
7) Rochester, NY
8) Cleveland, OH
9) Denver, CO
10) Seattle, WA

Who knew that Ohio was such a good library state?

San Fran ranks #35 and San Jose is #39.
Sf ranks number one in bookstores, while San Jose is tied with LA for #69.5

Overall, San Jose ranked #62 out of the #79 cities.

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August 03, 2004

PACE Meeting

Here I am at the PACE meeting showing off blogs.

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Most Literate Cities

LIS News posted this year's rankings of most literate cities, which "examines the extent to which residents of the nation's 79 largest cities behave in literate ways -- such as buying newspapers and books or borrowing library materials."

1. Minneapolis
2. Seattle
3. Pittsburgh
4. Madison, Wis.
5. Cincinnati
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Denver
8. Boston
9. Portland, Ore.
10. San Francisco

The rankings are done by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and measures 22 variables (though I can't seem to get the page to open yet).

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August 02, 2004

ALA Voter Info

The American Library Association has a Your Vote Matters campaign going on where you can register to vote online through http://www.yourvotematters.org/ala

"The library provides a place where the public can find all sort of voting information, speak freely and share interests and concerns. In fact, the library is the one institution whose sole function is to provide for the free exchange of ideas and information. As such, the library is truly the cornerstone of our democracy and the perfect place for citizenship to come to life."

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Library This Election Season:

1. Complete your online voter registration or pick up voter registration materials.
2. Obtain absentee ballot information.
3. Find out what precinct you live in and your polling location.
4. Get informed about electoral issues ranging from campaign finance reform to healthcare funding to national security.
5. Learn about the electoral process.
6. Get the latest updates on candidates from president to local school board members and where they stand - in print and online.
7. Learn about local ballot measures and upcoming referenda.
8. Find out about your elected officials' voting records and how you can contact them.
9. Attend a debate or community forum on local, state and/or national issues.
10. Connect with national and local civic organizations like the League of Women Voters or Project Vote Smart and learn how you can volunteer or get more involved.

librarian.net is pretty critical of the program, which apparently only lets you mail in the form for free if you have an email address?

I wonder what my library system will be doing around the election...

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August 01, 2004


alasc080104.jpgOur ALA student chapter board met today for the first time to plan all the exciting things we want to try to do this year. We're going to have a presence at the 8/14 orientation, organize a buddy program for new students, have a t-shirt design contest, SLIS Salon events in various locations, plan a get-together at the mid-winter ALA meeting in Boston in January, find out what other chapters around the country are doing, have a bowling night in the student union, arrange for mentors among the alumni working at libraries in the area, host a cocktail party or something at CLA, and start a journal to publish (online) the best student papers each semester. We also determined that the pitch to get people involved in the group is that the best part of the SLIS program is the other people you get to meet along the way -- and the way to actually meet them is through ALASC (since so many of our classes are online, you don't get many chances to actually interact with our classmates!). Anyway, that should keep us busy. Oh, and I have to come up with speakers for our speaker series... hmmm....

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July 30, 2004

More Songs

More songs about libraries! (via the always cool Lady Crumpet) I also saw some other lists here and parody lyrics here. I think I may need to add Green Day's At the Library and Toni Amos' Tales from a Librarian (though I may need to go buy the album because the insert has all the songs classified by Dewey and Library Journal reported back in January that she "dons sexy librarianesque gear on the cover."

There's great pop-culture librarian stuff here too, including a list of librarians is sci fi books which I'll have to check out... and a map of library cats!

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July 20, 2004

Librarian Song

Saw this librarian song (mp3) by Jonathan Rudman on librarian.net. You can download and listen to it for free (though I might iTunes the whole album). It has great lyrics:


when I was just a baby, before I could speak
I would line up all my letter blocks alphabetically
and now it’s my vocation and my passion to assign
every decimal-numbered shelf to every decimal-numbered spine

I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I like it quiet so the pages can be heard
I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I do it for the love of the word

I bring order out of chaos, I shine light into the dark
because power comes from knowledge just like fire from a spark
and like Gutenberg and Luther with press and pen in hand
I take the message to the masses in a form they understand

I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I like it quiet so the pages can be heard
I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I do it for the love of the word

and when the day is over I go home at 5:03
and I give thanks to God and then to Andrew Carnegie
and the U.S. Constitution and Orwell, Poe, and Twain
and I’ll return at 8AM to open up again

I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I like it quiet so the pages can be heard
I’m a librarian, I’m a librarian
and I do it for the love of the word

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July 01, 2004

Library of the Year

Saw on LIS News this morning that our San Jose library was named Gale/Library Journal 2004 Library of the Year Award. (SJ Merc article)

Its kind of cool to know that we're the largest library school in the country and our home library is the library of the year... My reference professors were King librarians, and the article does mention that "SJSU uses many student interns from its SLIS" - I do have a number of friends from school who are working there (hi Jean, hi Ellen, hi Amytha). I suppose I should go spend some more time there (though I have been enjoying the Santa Clara County system as well)

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June 22, 2004

Things to Know about the library

This seemed like a good one for me to note. Its from LISNews.com linking to a PUBLIB list of things that library staff should know and do so that they don't make the library look stupid. Sometimes it feels especially hard as an extra-help librarian jumping between a couple of different libraries to keep some of the really basic information straight . I do know the answers (I think) to most of these...

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June 21, 2004

More on Libraries and Google

Librarians are on the front page of the NY Times again today in an article called, Old Search Engine, the Library, Tries to Fit Into a Google World by Katie Hafner. Some libraries are working with Google and other commercial search engines to make some of their amazing digial archives more accessible. While its so tempting to want to do all your research online and not go wading through the stacks anymore, the article reminds us how much stuff is still not available online (particularly through Google which only skims the surface of the web and does get into the "deep web" which is usually only available through databases and catalogs). Some quotes:

At the same time, many research librarians say that the new reliance on electronic resources is making their role as guides to undiscovered material more important than ever.


"Although it seems like an apocalyptic change now, over time we'll see that young people will grow up using many ways of finding information," said Abby Smith, director of programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources, a nonprofit group in Washington. "We'll see the current generation we accuse of doing research in their pajamas develop highly sophisticated searching strategies to find high quality information on the Web," Dr. Smith said. "It's this transition period we're in, when not all high-quality information is available on the Web — that's what we lament.""


"You can think of electronic research as a more impoverished experience," Dr. Janes said. "But in some ways it's a richer one, because you have so much more access to so much more information. The potential is there for this to be a real bonus to humanity, because we can see more and read more and do more with it. But it is going to be very different in lots of ways."

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June 18, 2004

Registered for Fall

Today was my "enrollment appointment" to register online for the courses I'll be taking in the fall (pre-determined by what they would give me permission numbers for a few weeks ago). No complaints though - I got the two courses I wanted (though the course number they gave me was wrong, so it wasn't a completely smooth registration process). I'll be taking:

LIBR 248-02. Beginning Cataloging and Classification
Theory and practice of bibliographic control including the study of representative cataloging using AACR2, machine-based representation using MARC formats and other standards, subject analysis and classification using LCSH, Dewey and LCC with application to books, non-book materials and serials.
With Karpuk, online.
Definitely one of those courses every librarian needs to have taken...


LIBR 266-01. Collection Management
Study of collection management in all types of libraries and information centers. Includes analysis of information needs, criteria for selection, collection use evaluation, and resources for collection development.
Supposedly with Disher, but Jean told me he just took a new job and wasn't going to be teaching... which is too bad, because lots of people recommended him!
3 Saturdays plus Web (9/11; 10/9; 11/20)

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June 16, 2004

More on SPL

Ok, yes, I'm a bit obsessed with the new Seattle Public Library and this is the umpteenth post on it, but it is super cool and I'm looking forward to going and seeing it soon!

But I saw this link tonight for an article called "Killer Library" on librarian.net and had to post it for you as well. It reads: "The New [Seattle] Central Library Offers Civic Validation, a Huge Collection of Material, and a Staggering Number of Startling New Ways to Die" and lists out the myriad ways that "innocent book lovers will suffer and perish" in the new building.

I would like to point out that my step-brother and his wife met in the personals of that crazy magazine... :)

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June 15, 2004

Making a better portfolio

Library Stuff today linked to an interesting article by Kim Moody on online portfolios posted on LIS Career ("The Library & Information Science Professional's Career Development Center"), Online Portfolios, or “WOW! Look at Everything I’ve Done!”

Its a good reminder that I should keep better track of the classes I've been taking, workshops & conferences I go to, papers I've been writing, etc. and posting them on my site in case they're useful later (especially as I watch many of my friends go through difficult job search processes).

It also makes me want to write more serious things here on the blog... without completely boring my few friends and family members that come by to visit of course :) Library Stuff had a link back in May as well to an article about blogging and job searching, Resumes Are for Dummies, which is a good argument for blogging on professional topics as a way to increase your visibility and impress potential employers... hmmm.... For now I guess I'll stick to blogging mostly about daily life and what my friends and family are up to...

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June 13, 2004

A great game!

It was a great day at the ball park (the SJ Giants even won -- not that I ended up seeing any of the game). The food was good, the weather was perfect and it was great to get to meet so many new people (including most of the incoming board of our ALA Student Chapter!)


baseballlogo.gifAttending: Angie Miraflor, Brenda Lamb, Carol "Chase" Pearce, Dr. Fisher, Dr. Schmidt, Ellen Flaxman, Emily Reich, Gina Bell, Jean Amaral, Judy Strebel, Julia Haverstock, Kathleen Keeshen, Laura Wright, Laurie Briggs, Linda Schilling, Mana Tominaga, Nancy Sheldon-Deegan, Pat Hernas, Sharon S Chen, Terri Pilate, Warren W Wright and assorted friends and family members!


























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Baseball today!

baseballtoday.jpgToday's finally the day of our ALASC/Alumni trip to the baseball game! I think we have about 40 people coming! We'll be in the BBQ area (follow the painted footprints, its on the 3rd baseline side of the field. The game starts at one, and I'll be handing out our tickets starting at 12, so come find me at the gate if you prepaid!

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June 10, 2004

Milpitas RefGrunt

I love the concept of a "ref-grunt", where you dump all your reference questions into your blog. Here's some of the things I looked for today at the children's desk in Milpitas.

"yellow books" -- yes, kids do ask for books of a particular color. I found quite a few nice looking easy readers (she LOVES Dr. Suess) with nice yellow spines...

"adventures of Cassie Hartt"
turned out to be the Mystery of the Island Jewels by Joyce Stengel

Treasure Island

Palo Alto Reading Program -- she had #5 and wanted #1 & #2 which are "unavailable" so I found her some books on teaching your kid to read and put some phonetic reading lesson books on hold for her which I hope will do

J Greenburg's Andrew Lost series (though none were in)

stories about soccer

Herbie Jones and Song Lee books by Suzy Kline

Cam Jansen series

Briar's Book by Tamora Pierce (Missing, so put on hold to get from another library)

There was this cute girl with a purple balloon wandering around, so I thought I'd find her books about balloons so I got her "Where do Balloons Go" and "You can't take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts" I thought that the museum one was great, but her Dad flipped out when she tried to take that one out since it is only pictures and doesn't have any words. He was quite mean about it -- kept asking her where she had gotten it, etc, so I took it back. I supposed I should have been looking for higher-level books (I'm still trying to guage kids ages and reading levels on sight) but she was just wandering around in the picture book area pulling things out, so I thought that's what she was looking for. Sigh. But I quite enjoyed the book after she had left.

Thomas the Tank Engine videos

Intro to drawing videos

videos with factory tours or about making things (How it's done. Vol. 2, from baseball bats to potato chips looked like fun)

books for 3rd graders (there are great reading lists at the desk for all ages)

Wallace and Grommit (once I figured out that she didn't want videos about walruses...)

Dumbo (once I stopped looking for "Jumbo")

and things like that! It was a lot of fun -- a bit crazy when toddler storytime got out and there were about 50 little 2-3 year olds and their parents rushing the desk...

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Nancy Pearl

I have a conversation with someone almost every day about Nancy Pearl, from the Seattle Public Library and model for the "Librarian Action Figure" (which I have and have given as presents to other librarians and friends.) I just read on librarian.net that she's retiring in August! I was just talking to Julia yesterday about how we wanted to invite Nancy Pearl down to speak to our library school program about reader's advisory and other topics. Well, perhaps she'll have more time to come down now.

Dad and Jane know her and passed along the fantastic recommendation from her to read The Eyre Affair -- now one of my favorite series! (ooh, and speaking of that series, Amazon reports that Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Mystery is due out August 5!!!) Nancy Pearl also wrote Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason which Mom had sent me. (ooh, and isn't this a cool idea?)

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June 06, 2004

Dad & Jane at SPL

Dad and Jane sent these amazing photos of the new Seattle Public Library. I can't wait to go!!!

They write:

Here are photos from our trip to the new library today. Photo #5 is an installation on the side of the escalator. The mouth moves and makes sounds and the eye blinks. #6 is the floor in the foreign language section with words from numerous languages. The building is extraordinary and wonderful.

(click for larger images)


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May 29, 2004

Yarn and Children's Books

mmm... purr...

Knitting Arts, the wonderful yarn store in Saratoga, is having a 40%-off sidewalk sale this weekend, so I bought a few lovely fuzzy things for my stash this morning...

Then I went and worked all day at the Campbell Library (2 hours adults, 3 hours kids), and also checked out a large pile of Easy Reader books to review for my first assignment of my Children's Literature class (yes, summer school has begun!) The best part of the day was getting to spend one of the hours on the adult desk with my fellow-intern Amytha (the host of the Altered Book Round Robin I just participated in).

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May 24, 2004


Well its not terribly surprising since we all ran unopposed, but the results of the election are in, and the ALASC officers for 2004-2005 are as follows:

Chair: Catherine Cormier
Vice Chair: Laurie Briggs
Web Coordinator: Mana Tominaga
Editor: Angie Miraflor
Archivist: Ericka Gonzales
Program Coordinator: Emily Reich
Membership Coordinator & Secretary: Nancy Sheldon-Deegan

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May 17, 2004

End of another semester

Another semester is done! Just got back from my last Reference class, where Jean, Linda, Stephanie and I presented on Geographical Sources and had a tremendous amount of fun doing it.

We decided we needed to do everything we could to wake the class up (especially since we were 4th to present so it was almost 9pm) so we donned hats (with a "guide" theme -- a safari hat, an italian guide hat complete with feather, a sort of camping-guide hat and my new Miss-Marple-y hat -- and yes, it was mostly an excuse to go back to the very cool costume shop and visit my favorite sales guy there -- and Jean and Stephanie had their own hats already), gave out chocolate globes and a souvenir box.

We also asked four quiz questions at the end (actually had classmates ask them so we had double the class participation) and gave out Kinder Surprise Eggs as internationally-themed prizes to the people who answered correctly. It was definitely fun -- and somehow we managed to cover quite a lot of material on maps, atlases, gazetteers (my part), and travel guides. Plus, since my final example of a gazetteer was the Dictionary of Imaginary Places, I switched over at the end to my witch hat from Gizmo, which seemed to be quite a hit. Special thanks to Alan for all his advice on gazetteers.

Here are our questions so you can play along at home (no additional prizes though, sorry):

1. A student is completing a geographical treasure hunt and one of the questions is to determine the latitude and longitude of San José. Which resource would you use?

2. A patron comes to the reference desk and asks, "I'm going on a vacation to the Netherlands and would like to know the best places to go for Paas festival celebrations?" Where would you look? [This is an inside joke, since the Paas festival figured prominently in our recent class reference treasure hunt]

3. Ten librarians are pooling resources to buy a house together in the Bay area. In deciding where to buy, you'd like to know the magnitude and location of earthquakes and the faultlines in the area. Where would you look?

4. After determining the only houses your group can afford are those right on top of a faultline, you sadly say goodbye to your nine librarian friends and start looking for another area that has a similar climate to that of San José. Where do you begin your search?

Plus I just turned in my last Online Searching assignment, so I'm officially done!

2 weeks until summer courses start...

[Answers: 1: Gazetteer, 2: Travel Guide, 3: Map, 4: Atlas]

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May 15, 2004

Campbell Day

Worked most of the day at the Campbell Library as extra help. Lots of good questions (most of which I felt I was helpful with). Found some interesting stuff on tidal pool animals (children's), enterococcus, Tupac, TS Eliot, and hairdressing, but was not able to track down someone's friend who used to live in Fremont but has moved to _somewhere_ since.

Its the Boogie on the Bayou festival (formerly the annual Prune Festival which I thought was more appropriate geographically) on the main ave in Campbell this weekend, so I peeked around at it after getting off duty and may stop by tomorrow after knitting. I did indulge in some french-fried artichoke hearts (mmmm)

Now, I'm taking a much deserved Time Traveler's Wife break before getting back to pulling together our group Reference paper on geographical sources...

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May 13, 2004

Running Unopposed

My friend Jean talked me into running for webmaster of our school's student chapter of the ALA (SJSU ALASC) -- mostly because I kept comng to her with a million ideas of things I wanted to do, like have more of an online community where you could see profiles of your fellow-students, a blog with an rss feed where we could share LIS-related information, profiles of alumni (like a 5-question-Fridays format), etc. But it turned out that everyone wanted to be webmaster, so the current chair asked some of us to run for other things.

You can read everyone's statements -- it does sound like it'll be a fun group to be part of! I'm hoping that Jean will stay on as the Treasurer or something (since most of us seem to have agreed to get involved to be able to work with her...)

Candidate Statements:

Chair: Catherine Cormier

My name is Catherine Cormier. Like many in the
program, I am a part-time student, and began SJSU SLIS
in Fall 2002. After graduation, I hope to be a youth
services librarian in a public library. As a future
public librarian, I am particularly concerned with
outreach and equity of access, and I believe that
public libraries have a social responsibility to
proactively reach out to those who do not even realize
they are underserved.

Although I am on the public library track, I am also
aware of the needs of students on other tracks such as
special libraries or archives, and I believe all
students regardless of career goals have much to offer

one another through their diverse life experience as
well as through their experience at SJSU. It is
through collaboration that we can all have empathy for
and benefit from both our shared and unique

While I applaud the increase in entirely online
classes that have opened up SJSU SLIS to students in
the most remote corners of the state as well as to
those who work full time, I am concerned that the
erosion of classes with regular in-person meetings has
meant that students do not have the opportunity to
collaborate face-to-face and learn from one another in
a more informal manner. So that students whose
classes are entirely on-line have the opportunity to
meet other students, I hope to create informal
in-person gatherings once a semester in regional
cities throughout the state so that students who live
far from San Jose or Fullerton have the opportunity to
meet one another. I would like to invite recent SJSU
SLIS alumni to these meetings so that they can share
their experiences with new and current students.

Co-Chair: Laurie Briggs

My name is Laurie Briggs and I'd like to be your next
ALASC Co-chair. Although we may not have met face to
face, I have been one of your fellow students in the
SLIS program since Fall 2002. This semester, I've
been doing a practicum abroad and have realized how
very much I want to interact with more students in the
SLIS program. Like most of you, I am balancing
schoolwork, a job, family, and (sometimes) a life, but
still want to get as much out of the SLIS program as I
can. I believe that we students should be able to turn
towards our ALA student chapter for information and
activities that will make our experience pursuing an
MLIS a valuable one. Towards that goal, I look forward
working with other ALASC officers and members to make
that happen by communicating with other student
chapters as well as by talking to you. As ALASC
Co-Chair, my main goal would of course be to assist
the Chair in any way I can. I've been in a similar
position before, as an Under-Secretary General for UC
Berkeley's Model United Nations club, and enjoyed the
responsibilities and challenges that came along with
it. I look forward to the opportunity to devote my
energy (and I have a lot of it!) to a position that
requires a little bit of everything.

Web Coordinator: Mana Tominaga

My name is Mana Tominaga, and I am a first-semester
student in the MLIS program. I am currently working as
a freelance translator and webmaster. Most recently, I
worked on product reviews and was responsible for
online content as editor for Web Techniques magazine,
a monthly publication from CMP Media. Before CMP, I
worked at Fawcette Technical Publications and
working on product reviews for Visual Basic
Programmers Journal, and managed all content for
DevX.com's C++ Zone. I learned about the importance of
user-friendly, accessible information architecture and
technology through such work, and I hope to transfer
such knowledge to librarianship. I am a creative,
energetic, friendly person and I live close to campus
and am online constantly. As such, I can contribute
extensive time and
energy to ALASC, and am eager for any opportunity to
help. Thank you.

Editor: Angie Miraflor

As the ALASC editor, I promise to maintain high
quality and ensure our students are well-represented
in publications. As a public relations major at SJSU,
I have experience in story pitching, writing, and
editing. I was the newsletter editor of a
campus-club, PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society
of America) in which I was a writer, editor,
photographer, and layout designer of this monthly
publication. Outside of school, I was part of the PR
Committee at the Sunnyvale Public Library, which also
created a patron newsletter. I hope to contribute to
the ALASC and the SLIS my skills in editing and my
enthusiasm to continue to make this club for our
students. Thank you for your vote!

Archivist: Ericka Gonzales

Ericka Gonzalez has been in attendance at San Jose
State University's School of Library and Information
Science since the Fall of 2003 semester pursuing an
Archival Studies emphasis. Prior to coming to San
Jose State University, Ericka attended Humboldt State
University where she underwent studies in English
toward her Baccalaureate degree. She held positions
as a Teacher across all grade levels and as an
Executive Director for the McKinleyville Chamber of
Commerce. She also enjoyed serving as a youth mentor
for parenting teen boys and writing columns for the
business section of the Times-Standard. Currently
residing in Stockton, CA with her husband and two
children, she works as a homeschooling mother and
intends on continuing her graduate studies toward a

Ericka is a member of the American Library Association
and its student chapter, the Society of American
Archivists and its student chapter, the Society of
California Archivists, REFORMA, and the Association of
Moving Image Archivists. As such, she is in touch
with the profession and maintains a strong interest in
rare books and manuscripts, records, and moving images
archiving. It would be an honor for her to collect
and archive documents for ALASC and represent the
students in the Library Science program here at SJSU
as a liaison with other organizations.

Program Coordinator: Emily Reich

I am running for Program Coordinator because I would
like to work towards building a greater sense of
community among the SLIS students. Because of the
nature of the program, it is often hard to get a sense
of who our classmates are or to have any sense of
belonging to a bigger whole. I have heard many people
talk about how they would like additional ways to get
to know their classmates and to build up a network of
other students and alumni in the field. I am very
excited about the formation of regional salons and
would work to help coordinate them on an on-going
basis. I am currently working with ALASC and the
Alumni group to organize a trip to a San Jose Giants
Minor League Baseball game on June 13th (information
coming soon!) and look forward to working to organize
other events and programs as well.

Membership Coordinator/ Secretary: Nancy

I have been a student in the SLIS program since the
Fall of 2002. During this time, I have come to value
the friendships I have made with others in the
program, but recognize how difficult this is given our
geographical challenges. I would like to be a member
of ALASC so that I can help my fellow students meet
others in the program and form these important
relationships. I also want to personally learn from
the experience and meet new people. In addition, I
was a Project Manager before entering the SLIS
program, and I was involved in student organizations
during my undergraduate days. I feel that I could use
this past experience to help in the continuous
improvement of the ALASC organization.


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May 10, 2004

June 13th Baseball Game Invite

baseballbbq.jpgALASC and the SJSU SLIS Alumni Association present:
Take me out to the ball game!

"At the end of the day, baseball and libraries serve the same purpose:
They bring us together as a community, elevate the human spirit, and
provide respite in the rush and craziness of our modern lives."

SJSU SLIS students, faculty and alumni are invited to BBQ and Baseball at the San Jose Giants on Sunday, June 13th. It is an opportunity to relax after the end of the semester, to meet fellow students and alumni, to make new friends, do a little networking, and have a fun Sunday out at the ball park!

The game starts at 1pm and our hometown minor league Giants are playing the Stockton Ports. Bring along your family and friends! Kids under four are free.

The cost is $15 per person (in advance) which includes all the following items:
an Adult general admission ticket to the game, your choice of four dinner options which include ribs, chicken, numerous sandwich items, side-dishes and a non-alcoholic beverage. For an additional $1, they will upgrade the drink ticket to a beer or wine selection. The menu is available.
[Alternatively, you can purchase tickets just for the game at the stadium - $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under or for seniors 65+]

RSVP Today at: http://chocolatespoon.com/slis/baseball.html
so we can get a count of how many BBQ tickets we need and how many people are planning to attend.

Directions to the stadium
San Jose Municipal Stadium
588 E. Alma Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112

More information about the Giants can be found at http://sjgiants.com/

See you at the ball game!!

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May 05, 2004


Yay! I just got scheduled for 6 more days as a librarian in Milpitas! (7/25,8/8,8/22,10/3,10/17 and 10/31)!!

Though it is a little scary to be scheduling for October already!

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May 03, 2004

ALA President

Michael Gorman (who came and spoke to us at school on 4/7) has been elected ALA President.

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April 27, 2004

Cindy Hill, President of SLA

I had to miss tonight's lecture (since I'm car-less still), but it is supposed to be streamed live online so I'll try to watch (though I can't get it to work yet so I may need to wait until it is archived).

SJSU American Library Association Student Chapter Luminary Lecture Series
presents CINDY HILL, President of the Special Libraries Association,
speaking on How to Build an Empire, Or a Philosophy of Enduring Libraries and Passionate Staff

Ms. Hill, President of the Special Libraries Association and SJSU SLIS alumnus, will speak about building support for your library to ensure adequate funding for your department or organization's work. She'll relate this topic to a philosophy of lifelong learning and core competencies and address how these influence and direct our capabilities in our organizations.

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April 21, 2004


Nice piece about the impact of technology on library budgets in Thursday's Circuits

[Thank you to Karen and Carrie (see comment below) who read this and thought of me]

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April 18, 2004

Happy National Library Week!

nlw.jpgHappy National Library Week - 4/18-24

National Library Week 2004 Proclamation

WHEREAS, our nation's public, academic and school libraries provide equity of access to library users nationwide no matter their age, income and socioeconomic background;

WHEREAS, libraries play a vital role in providing millions of people with the resources they need to live, learn and work in the 21st century;

WHEREAS, libraries are changing and dynamic places and librarians are the ultimate search engine, helping people of all ages find the information they need in print and online;

WHEREAS, libraries are part of the American Dream – places for opportunity, education, self-help and lifelong learning;

WHEREAS, libraries bring you a world of knowledge both in person and online, as well as personal service and assistance in finding what you need, when you need it;

WHEREAS, libraries are a key player in the national discourse on intellectual freedom, equity of access, and narrowing the “digital divide;”

WHEREAS, awareness and support must be increased for libraries, librarians and library workers by raising their visibility in a positive context and by communicating clearly and strongly why libraries are both unique and valuable and how librarians provide the information literacy skills that people need to succeed throughout life;

WHEREAS, more individuals must be recruited to the profession of librarianship and to work in libraries to maintain their vitality in today’s changing workplace;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week with @ your library®, The Campaign for America's Libraries.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that this is proclaimed National Library Week, April 18-24, 2004. I encourage all residents to take advantage of the variety of library resources available their school, campus or public library. I also urge them to thank both librarians and library workers for providing valuable services and making information accessible to all who walk through the library’s doors. Come see why there’s something for everyone @ your library.

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April 12, 2004


Did you know that Batgirl was a librarian?

According to this (and lots of other sites):

Barbara Gordon, the niece and adopted daughter of Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, graduated summa cum laude from Gotham State University with a degree in Library and Information Science. After graduating, she became the head reference librarian at Gotham Public Library.
The librarian transformation into Batgirl happened one night on her way to the policemen's masquerade ball. Dressed in a homemade "Batgirl," costume, she accidentally encountered the villain Killer Moth and foiled his attempt to kidnap wealthy Bruce Wayne. Barbara enjoyed the thrill and risk of crime fighting, and after modifying her motorcycle to create the Batcycle, Batgirl was born.

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April 11, 2004

Professional finder-out of things

Cute feel-good story today that's been linked on a lot of library blogs from the Chicago Sun-Times about the reference work done at the Skokie (IL) Public Library via phone, desk and virtual reference. The library even served as the "lifeline" of a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" contestant (but the contestant didn't call and guessed wrong).

I especially liked how they described one of the librarians as a "professional finder-out of things" -- I wouldn't mind being that...

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April 08, 2004

Another day, another library!

Today I'm off to be extra help at the Campbell Library! I'm so excited to get a chance to work there!

Posted by Emily at 09:01 AM | Comments (0)

April 07, 2004

Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman came to school today as part of the ALA Action 2005 initiative, sponsored by our Student Chapter of the ALA.

Michael Gorman with the very cool Jean Amaral, Co-Chair of our Student Chapter of the ALA. (I'm not sure why his suit came out looking like that in the photo)
The Marginal Librarian, an online magazine, described our speaker as: "Michael Gorman, cataloguer wunderkind, prime mover, visionary prophet, dynamic guru, librarian. Michael Gorman is all this and more." They even sposored (in jest) a "spot Michael Gorman contest" at the 1997 Winter ALA Conference, urging adventurous and intrepid conference goers to navigate the hordes of lurching librarians and track down this notable character. (So I figure we should get extra points for coming to see him today).

Mr. Gorman has worked in librarians for more than forty years, most recently as a senior administrator in two academic librarie.s He has been a member of ALA for many years and has served as a divisional president, a member of the Executive Board and in other positions. He is the author of a numebr of books, hundreds of articles, editor of the Anglo-American Cataloguing rules [a very big deal], and recipient of many awards. He has taught courses at a number of library schools and lectured around the country.

In an interview about his candidacy for ALA president, Mr. Gorman stresses working with L.I.S. schools to produce a generation of librarians who are inspired and motivated to carry on the important mission of libraries. He was there visiting our school today to brainstorm with us about the future of ALA and librarianship and to solicit our input and suggestions on what issues and activities we believe ALA should be focusing on to help librarians and communities in the future.

In his book, Our Singular Strengths: Meditation for Librarians, he writes:

It is often asserted that no two snowflakes are alike, though I cannot imagine how you would prove it. It is also true that no two libraries are alike - collections, staff, building, programs, services differ in ways large and small. Most of these difference are of little consequence, but each lirbary has at least one particular strength - something that sets it apart and makes it uniquely valuable. (p. 192)

It is clear that our speaker today represents something uniquely valuable to our field as well, and it was my great honor to introduce Michael Gorman to the group.gormanintro.jpg
Jean or someone took this silly photo of
me giving the introduction
Eli Edwards, graduating SLIS student, has posted some of the more interesting comments and themes from the event on her blog, Confessions of a Mad Librarian

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April 01, 2004

Libraries and Museums

Marylaine Block's column today is on partnerships between libraries and museums, Natural Partners. She even quotes Robert Putnam, one of my favorite's.

Posted by Emily at 09:20 PM | Comments (0)

March 27, 2004

Classmate Blogs

Since I'm now completely addicted to reading RSS feeds and am in heavy-procrastination mode with a huge to-do list, I was of course poking around online and found a couple of blogs by people in my library program (from Librarian Way)

Of course my not-so-secret desire would be to have an official blog for the program where everyone could share comments and advice and news to help form more of a community among the students and to be a nice alternative to the mailing lists.

I'm planning to run for webmaster of the SJSU Student Chapter of the ALA, so hopefully I can convince them to let me set it up through there...

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March 25, 2004

A Library Day

Spent the afternoon at the meeting of the county library's Joint Powers Authority Board where they discussed how to deal with Measure B not passing on 3/2. Then I did a shift at the Milpitas library (though -- oops -- it turned out that they thought I was supposed to be there last night). I did mostly the j-side and had so much fun!!!

Tomorrow will be a Tech day with a board meeting there and then an afternoon shift.

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March 22, 2004

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Had a fabulous guest speaker in class tonight -- Karen G. Schneider (the Free Range Librarian) from Librarian's Index to the Internet.

I'll post more about it later... but I think she finally inspired me to finally start regularly reading rss feeds...

Posted by Emily at 10:30 PM | Comments (1)

March 08, 2004

Quote of the Day

From my reference text book (yes, I did the reading!):

"If you send a reference librarian to the store with a Boolean list of 'sugar' AND 'flour' AND 'eggs,' you will get a cookie."

(Reference and Information Services: An Introduction. Richard Bopp and Linda Smith, p. 102)

Posted by Emily at 10:32 PM | Comments (121)

February 27, 2004

Last day of Sheltered Reference

Today was my last day of Sheltered Reference down at the Gilroy Library. The other librarians and staff surprised me with cake and a card that everyone signed! I'm going to miss going down there -- but hopefully I'll get to go back as an extra help librarian once in a while.

There was a small fire in the garbage can out back behind the library and the fire department was called. When I was there on Wednesday the roof leaked and the parking lot flooded, and then after I had gone home, the power went out and they had to close down! Never a dull moment at the library!

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February 06, 2004

Today I was a Children's Librarian!

Had tons of fun today on the children's reference desk at the Gilroy Public Library. Looked up a lot of Pokemon and Yugioh videos, helped kids use the Internet, found books on cheerleading, missions, sign language and all sorts of other interesting things.

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February 05, 2004

Internship, Day 1

gilroy1.jpgHad my first chance at being a Reference Librarian today down in Gilroy! Didn't get to answer too many questions, but I'll be back there tomorrow for more! :)

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February 03, 2004

Spring Semester

Had my first class of the semester today -- Online Searching. Its mostly an online class, with only a handful of actual class meetings. My other class, Reference, has its first class meeting next Monday night.

I'd better get to work on the reading that's already been piling up and a couple of assignments.

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January 29, 2004

Library Orientation, Day 3


Today was the last day of orientation for the internship program. We went over the resources available on the library's web site and the databases the library subscribes to. Here Jean, Trish and Heidi search the databases. (Hi Trish!)

I found out that I've been assigned to Gilroy for my sheltered reference, the next step in the program. Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World.


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January 26, 2004

Reference Shadowing

Spent the afternoon shadowing the reference librarians (adult and childrens') at the Milpitas Library. It was SO much fun! I got to help a few people (gave out paper for the printers, found some Tolkein books, taught a woman visiting from China how to use the pay phones, etc.) but mostly watched the reference librarians and asked lots of questions.

What's hot in the children's section? Science fair projects, missions and native Americans in California (4th graders), endangered species, Lizzie McGuire, Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, and all sorts of other interesting topics. Adults wanted Indian newspapers, consulate phone numbers, diabetes cookbooks, QuickBooks and Photoshop tutorials, video documentaries about army bootcamp, and more.

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January 21, 2004

Library Orientation, Day 2

libraryorientation2.jpgJust finished my second day of orientation for my internship. Sometime over the next week I'll be doing a round of shadowing at the Milpitas library (the sheltered reference experience comes later, and at another library in the system).

Here's a quick picture of my intern cohort group -- Heidi, Jean, Amytha, Chris and Eric, with Paul showing us how to access our new webmail accounts.

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January 20, 2004

Library Orientation, Day One

I am now officially an intern in the Santa Clara County Library system. I should find out tomorrow which library I'll be doing my shadowing/training at, but meanwhile there's been lots of good information and some great people to meet.

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January 15, 2004

UCSC Library

Visited the UC Santa Cruz Library today for the first time. Margaret invited me to attend a talk by James Mullins, Associate Director, MIT Libraries, who is one of the short list of candidates there to be the University Librarian.

Its an amazingly beautiful campus (I had driven right to the edge of campus once years ago, but this was my first proper visit) with fabulous redwood trees and huge hills.

Mr. Mullins gave an interesting talk, and we watched a cute flash piece about Creative Commons licensing (which I should probably apply to my blog). Then Margaret gave me a quick peak at where the new renovations of the main library will go. I'm definitely looking forward to returning and spending more time on the campus and at the library there.

Plus I had a nice visit and tea with Alan (who is now google-able -- now we just need to get to #1)

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December 23, 2003


I just found out that I've been offered an internship with the Santa Clara County library system that I had applied and interviewed for a couple of weeks back. Training is January 20-21 and then I get to shadow a reference librarian for 60 hours with the hope of being kept on as part of their extra-help reference pool.

My first library job!!

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December 09, 2003

End of the semester

fallschoolleaves.jpgTurned in the last three papers for my two classes today so I'm done for the semester! Yay!

It still looks like its fall here though -- though it was so windy today that most of the leaves are finally falling off the trees.

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November 06, 2003

Windows and Doors

Spent some time before class (and took a quick nap) in my current favorite spot on the 7th floor of the new King Library. This is the view -- you can see the IMAX dome on top of the Tech Museum down the street.

Came home to find a brand new door -- they replaced everyone's yesterday and today. Apparently they're going to come back at some point and paint it...

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September 15, 2003

King Library Architect

bill-library.jpgMy group for Research Methods (Kathy, Ellen, Sharon and I) were out interviewing people outside of King Library today to collect data for our group project. Kathy and my first respondent turned out to be Bill Bocken, the architect of the library (from Carrier Johnson), who was there to do a photo shoot!

Here are some reviews and articles about the new design:

The San Jose Mercury News calls it, "A wonderful gift in a bad package -- that's what the new library presents San Jose."

The SF Gate says:
"For San Jose's new library it's what's inside that counts - Unimpressive exterior is redeemed by innovative interior"

Posted by Emily at 09:47 PM | Comments (0)

September 11, 2003

Peeps in the Library!

I spent the entire day at school, most of it in the King Library looking for articles to write critical notes on for my Reseach Methods class and meeting with my group to plan our interview questions.

peep1.jpgKathy in my group told me about this site:
Peep Research: A study of small fluffy creatures and library usage.

Those darn peeps!

Of course it then launched us into a whole discussion of online library jokes that could lead to a very exciting online community endeavor... stay tuned!

Posted by Emily at 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

September 04, 2003

New Library

library.jpgStopped by the new King Library (joint City of San Jose and San Jose State University) before class today. Even sat and had a latte at the new cafe inside.

Outside on the "city" side:
library1.jpg library2.jpg library2.jpg

On the "campus" side:
library4.jpg library3.jpg library3.jpg

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