Staff Picks


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hermionish.staffpicksWhen I have toured public libraries, I’ve always enjoyed browsing the “staff picks” displays — a small collection of materials in which the staff love and wish to share with others.

I get excited when books in which I’ve read and fell in love with make it into their displays — the notion that someone else will likely check it out and, perhaps, fall in love with it as I did.

My town library put together such a display and as a result I’ve checked out several books in which I likely wouldn’t have picked up on my own. In other words, the display has encouraged me to branch out to read different authors and even genres.

I should add that I was asked by the library director to participate in their “staff picks” display — the feeling that my opinions mattered made feel included and part of their team.

Now that I am in a position in which I can put ideas into action, you can surely bet that DPL has such a display.

Last Thursday night, at our staff and volunteer library soirée, I introduced the idea and it was met with much enthusiasm and excitement. I am quite geeked about this project!

National Library Week: 2014


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Last week was National Library Week. DPL marked the event by giving out cupcakes and spring-themed bookmarks to patrons who visited the library on Tuesday and Wednesday. I must say: patrons, of all ages, loved the cupcakes! (The cupcakes were quite delicious.)ImageFor the past few years, the library board has donated dinner for a staff and volunteer appreciation evening. This being my first year, I collaborated with one of the volunteers, whom loves to entertain, and we turned the gathering into a library soirée: I brought Wedgwood china and she brought linen, glasses, and flatware.

10258383_702813573095045_2828257711121500159_n10174970_702813613095041_5690001906974735198_n1512276_702813663095036_4546391686682815792_n10250197_702813633095039_2008518014354431865_nI love DPL.

I adore my coworkers, the patrons, and the library board.

I love being a librarian.


New Life


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A new life for the old “date due” slips… Image

The stamp reads: “You can write your number here to remember what you have read.”

When I inquired about getting rid of the slips I was told that many patrons actually got upset in the past when they were absent. As I’ve been meeting patrons, several have specifically asked for me to please continue the practice of placing slips in the front of the books.

The slips will definitely stay.

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag


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hermionish.ereaderTomorrow is my Dad’s birthday.

You can likely surmise that I bought him books; however, as I mentioned in a previous post, The Story of Kindle and the Comfort Zone, he prefers eBooks and only those purchased from *gasp* Amazon.

What I ordered for him this year:
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur by Mark Perry (Kirkus Star)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Kirkus Star)
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Kirkus Star)

Next time I am in town, I’ll be sure to take him out to dinner — somewhere with a gluten-free menu.



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Static2Sta.tic (adjective) / ˈsta-tik : (1) showing little or no change, action, or progress; (2) of, relating to, or producing static electricity. {source: Merriam-Webster}

In the case of this blog post, I am writing about the first definition of ‘static’ – showing little or no change. Innovative Millennium, our interlibrary loan client, requires a static IP address which needs to be registered via MCLS and the Library of Michigan. On the library end, the process of registering an IP address can take up to two weeks. Needless to say, it’s bad news if your IP address changes because you’re unable to access the client which serves as a circulation program.

You probably see where this is going…

Our IP address has changed not once, but twice since I’ve taken the director gig…with the most recent time being yesterday right after MCLS/MeL closed our support ticket and things were supposed to be back up and running. WTH?!

So much for being static…

Why did the address change AGAIN when it’s supposed to be a static address? A call to the tech support hotline of our internet service provider uncovered that our static IP address recently expired  — hence the two very unexpected changes. In just a short time, we were setup with a new static IP address and I began the (re)registration process all over again. I must say that the techs were not only uber helpful, but also friendly and humorous.

In the meantime, I’ll be making contact with the lending institutions and reassuring them that we (the library) have their items and that they aren’t lost…just stuck in a little rural library in Michigan’s Thumb.

If this takes much longer, I am wondering a nearby library could help – use their connection — with our account — in order to process the returns…then haul the items back to our library for RIDES pick up.

My concern: patron privacy. No dice. I’ll just be patient and try to enjoy scenery.

I sincerely hope that this debacle is coming to an end.


Push Pin Poetry


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April is poetry month! And to celebrate, I created a Push Pin Poetry display for the teens at CADL — where I now substitute:



From “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

From "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

From “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Financial Recovery Suit


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The latest Brandon Township Public Library headline to hit the press: Library board eyes financial recovery.

Yes, you read that right: the board hopes to sue former library director, Paula Gauthier, in attempt to recover what they lost in state aid and her salary — of course, they are weighing options with their attorney.

Good for them! I sincerely wish them all the very best.


Credential Fraud Confirmed


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The latest headline about Brandon Township Public Library to hit the press:
No master’s degree and no bachelor’s degree either

The library failed to receive state aid revenue for the last five years because former Director Paula Gauthier didn’t have a master’s degree as she claimed.

Now the library board has learned she didn’t have a bachelor’s degree, either.

Here’s a screen capture of Gauthier’s director profile back when she was still at BTPL:

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I am aghast. With so many of my LIS-comrades in southeast-Michigan looking for library work – whom worked so hard to earn their credentials…and for this type of fraud to occur and to take away a job opportunity…

The next board meeting is tonight at 7p – they’ll be going over the details from the forensic audit.

I’d like to let the record reflect:
Having been recently hired to direct a library, I immediately gave my employer a copy of my transcripts + Library of Michigan certification for my personnel file.
(While a MLIS is not required in order for a class 2 library to receive state aid revenue, it’s just the principle…)

Two Things

On Friday, I learned two new things…

(1) Being a rural library, the DVD collection is quite important to patrons.
A patron explained to me: Other than a local gas station which has just a few movies for rent, the closest video rental is a 20-25 minute drive. One-way. Add in the time needed for browsing videos and you’re looking at over an hour time just to rent a movie. From what I have gathered, this patron is just one of many whom depend upon the library for new releases and the like.

I should add: the closest Redbox is also 20-25 minutes away. Unless patrons wish to pay for Netflix or attempt to find an internet connection adequate enough in order to stream video, DPL is really the only game in town for movies.

Image(2) When purchasing audiobooks, pay attention to who is listed as the reader/narrator and ascertain whether or not they have an accent. I was told that some of the older patrons, specifically those experiencing hearing loss, have stated that they’ve had a difficult time following a reader with a foreign accent.

Hello, Horizon

I subbed at CADL this evening – for a brief blip (4 hours) – but it was great to see my colleagues again. (I even got to see some of my cousins!)

Since starting at DPL, I’ve been learning a new ILS…after I feel as though I mastered Horizon at CADL. I must admit that it gave me comfort to see this familiar screen again:

Hello, Horizon, my old friend…

When I first started at CADL, I recall feeling frustrated when I was learning the ILS. I know, in time, it will become old-hat to me. It helps that I am cataloging and doing behind-the-scenes management within – speeds up the learning process.

In other news, on Wednesday, I sent out a brief email to all of the library directors in the county introducing myself as the ‘new kid on the block’ and received a very warm welcome! I am completely geeked to be working alongside such awesome librarians.


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