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7 entries from December 2011

Library Systems roles and value explained


Library Systems are poster children! 

Librarians have always known how to work together collectively to deliver high quality service to the maximum number of people for the least amount of money.  Library Systems help librarians achieve those lofty goals every day, 24/7.

Library Systems in New York, and in other states and provinces are the support system to librarians and library users.  People who work for a Library System often do so in the background to provide all manner of services from inter library loans; cataloging and automated on line catalogs; trustee training and help with grant applications and processing funds from state aid.  Library systems help our librarians provide the services to a public who expects excellence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on line and in the library.

Title page Albany Hearings still



 

This  video   was taken 29 November 2011 in Albany, NY. Play time is 25m 45sec.

It is an excerpt from a Public Hearing: Funding Public Libraries in New York State under the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries & Education Technology, Chair, Assemblyman, Bob Reilly. 

The speakers are, in order of appearance: Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), Middletown, NY RCLS Facts  ;  Marilyn McIntosh, Director/Librarian, Monroe Free Library, Monroe, NY MONROE  and James Mahoney, Director/Librarian, Nyack Library, Nyack, NY The Nyack Library| Welcome .

 


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University Libraries. Beauty and Grace

What could be more luxurious than to sit and contemplate he world and all that's in it while basking in libraries that lift your spirit such as these?

Take a look... http://flavorwire.com/240819/the-25-most-beautiful-college-libraries-in-the-world

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TED-Women, Sheryl Sandberg on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

  • Stay in the workforce,
  • stay with the library,
  • make a difference,
  • sit up tall at the top table,
  • let them see you and what you do
  • and take credit for it.

I've got to say, the very fact that this woman is giving this talk at Ted Women is pretty depressing for me

I knew this shit; hell I lived it - 30 years ago and women are STILL telling other women to do it!  AGHhhhh!  I get so frustrated with this issue and that we are endlessly talking about it instead of 'living our right' to a place in this world.

From the women I've met in this ' World of Libraries ' I'd say all women have a great deal to learn from your intelligence and passion for your work.

 

Here's the whole article complete with the video - worth a look.

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High-Tech 'Hackerspaces' in Libraries - the Maker Station

There's a 50-foot trailer in the parking lot of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

Inside you will find what Library director Jeff Krull says is "a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own."

Maker-station-interior_wide Fort Wayne Allen Co LibHe's right on the money!  In this trailer he is walking the talk - demonstrating his philosophy about today's libraries. 

Mr. Krull shows his community what he believes...that a "library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business."

We love this!  Check out just what is inside this trailer - here's the whole article from NPR, 11 December 2011 audio of interview included.

Our thanks to NPR and  Viral Optimism, for their article

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very cool site for sore eyes and spirits-librarians look this up

One of the coolest pro-library celeb photos I've seen.  A Prayer for Owen Meany is my favourite book and Gosling is from Cornwall, ON.  Awwwww!

HEY GIRL Ryan Gosling Owen Meany Capture

thank you:  http://librarianheygirl.tumblr.com/

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New Enery Efficient Building Code - Best in N.A.

December 2, 2011
New Energy Efficient Building Code in Ontario—Best in North America!

 

This news just in from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance:

CEEA has been an active participant on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's, Building Code Energy Advisory Council, whose mandate is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on energy conservation issues related to the Building Code and the Building Code Act, 1992. As a member of the council, we are very pleased with the introduction of the new energy efficiency requirements. Effective January 1, 2012, all new homes will have to achieve an EnerGuide 80 rating! These enhancements put Ontario at the very top of the list in North America, and will serve as a model for the rest of Canada.

Click here for a brief .pdf overview of the new Code.

Thank you: to Building Green, a Sustainabilty Group on Linkedin

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Here to stay - in another form - keeping up to client needs

People are using libraries to fulfill different needs as we roar into the 21st Century. 2011-11-30-1103libraries percent internet usage HuffPost 1Dec11

This Huffington Post article sums it up well - all we have to do now is design physical spaces so that they are flexible.  Users needs morph - so must our buildings.

Here's the article: Good Read!

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