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.

Static

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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.

Soon.

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:

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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.

Labels: New Books

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Current practice:
A small Demco “new book” sticker is placed next to the barcode on the back of the book.

Demco "New Book"After a few months in circulation (or when the new book display runs low on room), the books are then shelved with the rest of the collection to make room for new additions; however, in order to ascertain when the book was added to the collection, current practice requires opening the book and flipping to the title page – where a notation cites the date and the purchase price.

It’s not that big of a deal – DPL is small, rural library after all – but I love the idea of how Caro Area District Library handles the labeling of their new books and the time it saves…

Idea:
When a new book is added to the collection in Caro, a small, red sticker with the month the item was added to the collection is placed on the spine (head cap area):

Avery Color Coding Labels

As time passes and the items need to be moved into the library’s main collection, it takes staff just a brief moment to look at the spines to determine the date they were initially added – which books stay and which ones get moved.

Great idea, CADL! Thank you!

Something New

I’m excited to share this bit of news:
On February 27, I accepted the position of Library Director at Deckerville Public Library!

I am also excited to share the fact that I won’t be leaving CADL (and my awesome co-workers) as I will be staying on the staff by way of subbing.

Next week is when I will be working at DPL on a regular basis — I’ve just been working on Tuesdays.

My biggest surprise thus far: I actually enjoy cataloging books. It’s a surprise to me because in library school, I found my cataloging class to be quite tedious.

Migration

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Since migrating to WordPress from Blogger last week, I have been working my way backwards fixing formatting issues and bad links to internal content. While WordPress makes the process pretty easy, it is still time a consuming task. Please bear with me during this transition process.

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