Sunday, March 1, 2009

Daily Thoughts 3/1/2009

When I was in library school, they had movable bookcases for government documents on tracks. This is a picture of sliding cases at the British Museum.



There is an 18% cut in funding being asked for for New York state libraries. Everything is true about this article. We have been providing tax forms for library patrons. We print out tax forms sometimes at the reference desk for patrons if they are not available in the shipments which the IRS and state tax department has sent us.
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6640746.html


I was looking at this, they are accepting submissions for a new journal in January 2010, the Journal of Library Innovation. It looks quite interesting. The site is basically a complete blank.
http://www.libraryinnovation.org/







5 comments:

NathanKP said...

The sliding bookcases sounds like a good thing, but slightly dangerous. People today don't keep enough control of their kids, and I could just see children using the bookcases as amusement rides....

Nathan

Book Calendar said...

You had to operate a big wheel to move the cases. There were bumpers which stopped automatically if they hit anything.

Alan said...

At our headquarters, in an area not open to the public PCLS's "last copy collection" is stored in a series of huge sliding shelves as you've described. But it's Definitely NOT an area accessible by patrons.

Shea said...

I have never understood why public libraries are so underfunded. A library to me is worth whatever it costs in taxes. The benefits of a library, and a good one, are so many. It's just another way that the govt doesn't invest in the people, or believe in the people. It's a travesty.

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