Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

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The Transparent Library: Lighten Up People!

Libraries—all libraries—should be fun, even in difficult times. Just scan LJ‘s recent Movers & Shakers (M&S) roster or peruse the library blogosphere to see library workers who have discovered that a sense of play and creativity, even what seems like frivolous experimentation, can result in useful services and solutions. M&S Tony Tallent, while at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC (he’s now at Boulder PL, CO), devised “Drop Everything and Learn Day,” aiming at “encouraging staff to stay curious and inspired.” But some libraries, mired in hierarchical leadership structures, closed communication systems, and restrictive policies, drain the life […]

BANNED?: Children’s Knitting at the Library!

Via Knittinmama, a former student: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/08/15/ot-knitting-080815.html A six-year-old girl says she is disappointed after her knitting group was asked to leave an eastern Ontario library due to a new ban on arts and crafts. “I really had fun in there in the library, and I’m really sad that they stopped that,” said Kingston Currie, who used to spend two hours a week with the Itch and Stitch Club at the Long Sault Library in Long Sault, Ont., about 95 kilometres southeast of Ottawa. Pamela Haley, manager of library services for the united counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, said the […]