Category Archives: library management

New Texas Handgun Legislation and Libraries

Thea Blair, Manager of Continuing Education & Consulting Services at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has posted a web page <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/opencarry.html> and a blog entry <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/?p=18734> about the new handgun laws in Texas. This is not legal counsel but is a great starting point for any conversation on the issue. Topics covered include non-profit libraries and school events at libraries. Thank you to Thea, Mark Smith, and TSLAC for stepping forward on this.

FAQ: Cleaning DVDs

A flurry of responses on the discussion list prompts me to add this post. Thanks for your answers!

Q:

What do you use to clean your DVD collection?

A:

  • We hand clean every disc as it comes back in with the disc cleaner and disc restorer solutions from Demco.  If the discs are too marred to play we use a Disc-Go-Pod to resurface them.  It’s effective and and inexpensive machine.  The downside is that the machine must be emptied and cleaned after every use.  So we polish once a month and let the damaged discs stack up.
  • We use a really cool disc repair machine for our CDs and DVDs. It has been worth every penny. The company we bought our machine from was RTI (website = rtico.com). We purchased the Disc Repair System. They usually run a special on these machines at the TLA Conference. They allow you to get the machine in April/May and not have to pay until Ocober if you don’t have funds in your current fiscal year.
  • For routine cleaning we used a soft cloth & alcohol; for PbJ and other sticky stuff, wipe with a mild solution of water and dishwashing liquid. The cleaning machines are great, but expensive.
  • We use RTI’s Eco Senior.  It is expensive but worth every cent if you have a large collection.  It saves discs that would otherwise have to be thrown away.  I knew a video store owner who had one and charged people $3 a disc to run their personal CD’s and DVD’s through.  It helped pay for it, and I suspect a library could put such a charge into place if they had it on their fee schedule or else had the Friends group do it.
  • Check with your local Video Stone. They were upgrading to BlueRay and we brought their DVD cleaning machine $100. and if came with supplies for over 2 years. I have a volunteer that he does all the cleaning, it works great.
  • We use Memorex OptiFix Pro. It works ok in cleaning but not for repairing.
  • We use a simple Memorex OptiFix pro machine. It’s not great but it does help some.

The Cloud for non-profits and libraries

During the month of October, TechSoup led a Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. They learned how organizations all over the world are using cloud computing through blog posts, webinars, and tweet chats. You can view everything that was shared on one handy webpage including these topics:

Week One: Introduction to Cloud Computing
Week Two: How Cloud Computing Changes Organizations
Week Three: Security in the Cloud
Week Four: The Future of Cloud Computing

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

From OCLC:
OCLC’s newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available for print ordering and free download.

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, a follow-up to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online information habits, preferences and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

Continue reading Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

Bang for your community’s buck – revised ROI

Hello, CTLS members. In your membership mailout in September, you received a Return on Investment page we generated from the 2009 Annual Report you handed in to the State Library last March/April. The math gremlins (a.k.a. the mail merge field codes) caused a glitch that is now fixed in the  Revised ROI for 2009. Your libraries are listed by city (so Wells Branch, you’re at the top with Austin). We hope that this is a good document to get you thinking about all the value you add to your communities so that you can communicate that value to decision-makers.  And don’t feel limited by what’s included here — there are services and programs in your libraries that aren’t asked on the Annual Report that provide wonderful value. Please let me know if you have any questions about the revised ROI.

ALA Publications Web Extras

Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as  Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool FavoritesFundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.

FAQ – Unattended Children

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.

Q:

What do you do about unattended children in your library? Is it even a problem at your library? Is it something that needs to be written into the library policy? If so, is there an age cut-off?

A:

  1. We have a written policy that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  While we don’t check ID at the door or anything, if a parent asks if they can leave their child or if the child is just dropped off or comes in by themselves and  is not exhibiting acceptable behavior we have something to back us up.
  2. We really didn’t want to write a policy, but had a very bad summer in 2009.  We had young kids (5 yr, 8 yr) being dropped off  at the library during the summer ALL DAY without meals or adults.  Bad, very bad.  And some parents would just send their small children off to the Children’s Area while they were glued to computer screens, ignoring their children’s bad behavior and crying.  There were a lot of complaints (one letter of complaint was published in the local newspaper) and I got quizzed by City Council.  When we wrote our Unattended Children policy, City Council approved unanimously. Continue reading FAQ – Unattended Children