Posted tagged ‘C/WMars’

Legislative Breakfast

March 6, 2009

Today my library hosted one of a number of statewide legislative breakfasts, this one was very well attended both by concerned members of the library community and by members of the state’s Berkshires delegation.  It was informative, it was a wonderful experience, it was depressing as hell.  The state of the state is clearly awful.  

Two of my favorite people in the library community had to speak of our current hardships.  Janet Schraeder from C/WMars told the story of the Fitchburg library, one of my favorite cautionary tales.  A library that suffered an over 60% budget cut, and which was briefly reduced to serving as a pet shelter.  And Jan Resnick from my consortia, WMRLS, used the opportunity to announce their first (and hopefully [but unlikely] only) round of layoffs.

Afterwards the legislators themselves spoke, quite frankly of the state’s current economic climate.  These are not good times.  We’re looking at record deficits, some cuts have to be made and there is not any fat left to trim.  Libraries are likely going to be in a lot of pain in the next year, but everyone else will be too.

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Notes from a Meeting

February 3, 2009

Today was the latest technical services roundtable, and it was my turn to run the meeting this time.  This was a great meeting, despite the weather.  The Westfield Athenaeum were incredible hosts.  They have an amazing library, a simply gorgeous building, and an amazingly active and dedicated staff.

And the meeting was one of the more rewarding ones I’ve been a part of.  We managed to draw little more diverse crowd this time, 1 library that was much further afield than our regulars, and for once I was not the youngest person in the room (course that might just be because I’m getting old).  So a few random notes to help me process things:

We can replace our dot-matrix with a thermal printer!  Man do I feel dumb now.

We need a “get a life” item type for dvd sets that cannot reasonably be finished in a single week.

Comics, man do I love them, but God are they a pain to create records for!  Marvel, listen up and stop resetting the volume number for your collected editions!

On the OCLC record use policy, we’ve been here before and we’ll be here again.

Network!  Learn what other librarians in your area you can go to for advice.  I’ve never encountered another group of people so willing to go out of their way to help their peers, take advantage of that.

The Man Behind the Curtain

September 11, 2008

Well the secret’s out (thanks Chrystie 🙂 ), granted it wasn’t a terribly well kept secret.  But anyway I suppose it’s full disclosure time.

My name is Jeremy Goldstein, and I am the supervisor of the technical services department at the Berkshire Athenaeum, where I also serve as the resident techie.  I’m also currently a member-at-large for the technical services section of the Massachusetts Library Association, a member of a couple committees within the C/WMars region, and one of the organizers of a series of tech services round-tables for Western Mass.  And this December I’m going to be running my first workshop.

Now, on the issue of anonymity, I’ve had mixed feelings up until now.  I’ve had quite a few conversations with a good friend of mine who completely hides their identity on line (despite being very active) on the subject and they had managed to convince me of the value in remaining hidden.  However, that person works in academia and the library profession seems a little more open to bloggers by comparison.  

So I guess I’ll just have to watch what I say a little bit more now (not too much more).  But now I can start tying in some of my other online activities to a much greater extent.  Expect to see a few redesigns to the site in the near future as I start playing with widgets.