Posted tagged ‘Librarian In Black’

Link Day

March 30, 2009

Just a couple links today that I feel the need to share, one good two bad.

Let’s start with the bad.  First up, the Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire (the capital of my home state) has announced that he is considering closing the library completely to help close the city’s budget gap.  Nothing final yet, but there’s something really sad about the prospect of a library-less capital.

Second, in news that isn’t much better the NYPL is looking at a potential 17% budget cut, which would necessitate a loss of 465 jobs and a reduction of hours to an average of 41/week in each location.  To put that in a little perspective, my library is open 63 hours a week, the minium mandated by the state for a library serving a community the size of Pittsfield.  NYC is just a little bit larger than us.

Now to cheer everyone up a little after that, Sarah Houghton-Jan (aka the Librarian In Black) has just put together one of the best presentations I’ve seen in quite a while.  Thus I am now happy to present the 10 Lol Cat Laws of Web Services for Smaller and Underfunded Libraries.

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If you Still Need an Excuse

July 2, 2008

A few more links today on why gaming in libraries is important.

First up is a sizable video (via Librarian In Black) on gaming in libraries that lays out the case of games very very well, and has some nice interviews with people like Jenny Levine and Michael Stephens to boot.

And secondly, the annual report of the Entertainment Merchants Association has just been released, and as reported by GameSpot, for the first time gaming sales have surpassed those of dvds.

Going Mobile

June 9, 2008

The LibrarianInBlack has been thinking about taking catalogs mobile and asks the big question, why hasn’t anyone done this already?  Well that’s not quite true, according to her link to a study by Edward Vielmetti there are actually 15 libraries who have taken this step, but that’s such an insignificant number that it might as well be no one.

Meanwhile, in the non-library focused part of the web Apple announced the IPhone 2.0 today at the WWDC.  The price is being knocked down so that it is almost affordable, which means even more people will be out there with mobile web devices, and that’s definitely a trend that’s going to continue.  This is a huge market that we absolutely have to tap into, and it’s unforgivable that only 15 libraries have taken this step.