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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Skateboards cont.

I'm just catching up on my reading and came across a post by Stephen Abrams on his blog about being truly teen patron friendly. I hope I made it clear in my earlier post that we're not trying to discourage teens/skateboarders from coming into the library. As a matter of fact, a new skateboard rack is in planned at our new library. Hopefully, as Stephen says in his post, this will make teens feel comfortable and safe and welcome at the library.

Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0

I just attended a SirsiDynix Institute Web Seminar about Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and Librarian 2.0. It was a very interesting panel discussion. And, I ended up with a couple of thoughts.

I'm wearing my library administrator hat when I say this:
There was a discussion of teens on skateboards in the parking lot or in the library. One library wanted to write a policy to deal with this issue. That's very close to home because we have quite a few kids (tweens & teens) who come to the library on their skateboards. The comment from the panel was that in creating this policy, the library is turning these kids away from the library and sending them a message that they are not wanted or welcome at the library. My problem is that unfortunately, some of these kids are not well-behaved. Now, by no means is my library a place where people are shushed and expected to sit quietly with their nose in a book. But, how do we balance being welcoming to all with the very real issue of damage and possible injuries. We've asked the skateboarders to leave their skateboards at the desk while they are in the building and for the most part that's worked out pretty well.

I also wondered if another type of "digital divide" will develop in the library world. I was thinking of the other libraries in my area who are very small. Maybe they only have 1 librarian. And that person might not be very tech-savvy. Are they going to be passed by in the library 2.0 world? Small libraries will say they can't afford to do some of these new social software type things. And I don't think that they are always talking monetarily. Many are time poor and staff poor. I have a lot of interest in learning these new tools, but it is not my main job. I do what I can and try to stay up-to-date, but I also have a great staff to help me accomplish the things we do. I just wonder how this will all affect the small, rural libraries.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Choose Life

During this past Sunday's sermons, I was reading the surrounding passages to the one used by my pastor in his message. 3 verses in different books jumped out at me with different life applications than what I had ever thought about before.

As I was just scanning the news, I came across an article about Wal-mart being required to provide the morning-after pill in it's pharmacies in Massachusetts. This requirement is already in place in Illinois. How long before it is required in every state? Abortion is so appalling and heinous to me and I don't understand why so many Christians are silent on the matter. Why do we not stand up and say enough is enough? I often wonder how as a country we got to a place where it is accepted and encouraged to kill our most precious, helpless members - our unborn.

I started to think about these things on Sunday when I read this verse in Deuteronomy 30:19b: Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Choose life so that your children may live!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Recent Happenings

Wow. I just realized it has been a really long time since I've posted anything. It's been a whirlwind since Christmas. The library grand opening was yesterday and now I feel as if I can actually breathe again. I'm trying not to think too hard about all the things I fell behind on while focusing on Grand Opening. I also took a much-needed 10 days off from work at the end of January and I still feel as if I'm getting caught up from that.

Brian, Becky and I went to Vegas. We had a good time.

We stayed at New York, NY. I think we each came back with as much money as we went with.

While we were there, we drove down to the Grand Canyon.
It was a pretty long drive, but it was worth it. The beauty of God's creation is breathtaking.