TTW Mailbox: An Aussie Librarian Responds to Maplewood

An Aussie Librarian writes: I was dismayed to read your post ‘Lock the Doors’ regarding the library who have decided to close for part of the day, due to youth violence and inappropriate behaviour. I am glad that the community is taking a role to keep the library open. These types of problems with youth … Continue reading TTW Mailbox: An Aussie Librarian Responds to Maplewood

No MySpace, Facebook at Mishawaka Library

Via the South Bend Tribune and a bunch of folks who emailed me: You can no longer use MySpace, Facebook or other “social networking sites” at Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library. Fights, lewd language and cars being blocked in the parking lot by teenagers are among the problems Director Dave Eisen said have plagued the downtown library … Continue reading No MySpace, Facebook at Mishawaka Library

Introducing the Michaels

By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens What prevents a library from being transparent? Barriers. Roadblocks. Inability to change. The culture of perfect. The transparent library contains three key elements: open communication, adapting to change, and scanning the horizon. We’ll explore these ideas and offer solutions for those struggling with new models of service, technology, and … Continue reading Introducing the Michaels

Lock the Doors! Lock the Doors! (Updated)

I’m a tad dumb-founded over this: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/02/nyregion/02library.html?ex=1168405200&en=954c51bc14b566e8&ei=5070&emc=eta1 Every afternoon at Maplewood Middle School’s final bell, dozens of students pour across Baker Street to the public library. Some study quietly. The Baker Street library in Maplewood, N.J., near a middle school, will soon close from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Others, library officials say, fight, urinate on … Continue reading Lock the Doors! Lock the Doors! (Updated)