Salinaslibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/28/2004 with 0 comment

The New York Times today has a story about the closing of the Salinas Public Library. What a sad situation. In a community comprised of many migrant and blue collar workers, losing the library may have a tremendous impact on community life (especially for children, immigrants, and the elderly). They may not realize it now, …

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A Net Nanny with an MLSintellectual freedom, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2004 with 0 comment

Wow! In an age of shrinking budgets and shrinking staffs, the Phoenix Public Libraries has secured $175,000 to hire one full time professional librarian and three paraprofessionals to police their no-porn policies. The professional, this “Internet Resource Specialist”, would monitor people’s use of the Internet and deal with people’s requests to turn off the filters …

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Teens in the librarylibraries, random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/22/2004 with 4 comments

Since I was up for a teen librarian position (which I did not get, sigh…) I’ve been thinking a lot about what libraries do for teens. The library I was interviewing at had a small area by the DVDs that was called the “teen section.” All this consisted of was YA books and magazines and …

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Lost in the shufflelibraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/17/2004 with 0 comment

This is also huge digital library news, but, with the Google frenzy, they’ve really been the victim of bad timing. International Libraries and the Internet Archive collaborate to build Open-Access Text Archives Today, a number of International libraries have committed to putting their digitized books in open-access archives, starting with one at the Internet Archive. …

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Denmarklibraries, random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/11/2004 with 2 comments

When I looked at my page stats (which this time actually told me that someone other than my husband was reading my blog – woo hoo!) I found that people in Denmark had visited my site. I actually studied in Copenhagen for almost a year, and I think it is one of the best places …

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Graduating today, but still have a lot to learnjob search, libraries, library school, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/11/2004 with 0 comment

Wow, so today is the day I graduate. Being that my whole library educational experience was virtual (except for my internship and a trip to the ALA conference in June) it all feels somewhat unreal or surreal. Since I’m not driving up to Tallahassee for graduation, there really isn’t going to be any fanfare. Maybe …

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Librarians asking for morelibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/4/2004 with 0 comment

Rory Litwin has an excellent editorial in Library Juice this month. Undone by Flattery is about what librarians give up because we are so susceptible to flattery. After suffering daily with ungrateful and difficult patrons, we often feel like no one appreciates the service we offer to society. We love to hear people talk about …

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Shelter from the storm?libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 11/30/2004 with 2 comments

Michael McGrorty has an eloquent article about the homeless and public libraries in his blog today. This is a really tough subject in public libraries. As librarians, we really don’t want to restrict access to anyone, but at the same time, we also don’t want to discourage many people from coming to the library because …

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Recent articles on blogging (some great, some not so great)libraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 11/30/2004 with 1 comment

There have been a number of recently published or written scholarly articles on blogging. Communications of the ACM has devoted most of their December 2004 anniversary issue to articles about The Blogosphere. I read the articles for free (one of the benefits of still being a University student) and didn’t really find anything in them …

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