Monday, May 02, 2016

APL Budget, Trustee Candidate Forum

The Albany Public Library is just about two weeks out from the annual budget vote and trustee election. If you're interested in learning more about the library's 2017 budget and candidates for the Board of Trustees,  attend one of two forums this week.
  • May 2 (Mon) | 6 pm | Washington Ave. Branch
  • May 5 (Thurs) | 6 pm | Pine Hills Branch
Attendees will hear a budget presentation by Executive Director Scott Jarzombek, followed by a Q&A with the candidates running for three seats on the library board. We will make videos from the forums available on the APL YouTube channel early next week. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Learn About All that Albany Public Library Accomplished in 2015

The Albany Public Library is proud to present the 2015 community report to you. The report details accomplishments and highlights some of the programs and services that are available at the library.

As Executive Director Scott Jarzombek wrote, "We are excited to show you the good work we did last year, thanks to your investment in our city. We pride ourselves on being an open organization, and welcome the opportunity to share this information with you."

You can read the 2015 community report HERE.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Albany Public Library wants to know how it's doing

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Here's your chance to share with the folks at the Albany Public Library what you think about APL!

If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and let them know your thoughts on the programs and services being offered. Your answers will help shape the library's future.

The survey will only run for a few more days, and it takes less than five minutes to complete, so please respond to the survey today.

Thank you.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Now they're coming after the librarians

From Daily Kos:

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) is, as I suspect most people know, a Teahadist moron. But it takes a special kind of moron to piss off librarians. That’s exactly what she did this morning, with the announcement that she would introduce a bill in Congress, mandating that,

“The Librarian of Congress shall continue to use the terms ‘Alien’ and ‘Illegal aliens’ in the Library of Congress Subject Headings in the same manner at they were in effect during 2015.”

Libraries'... ultimate purpose is not simply to be a storehouse of books, but to make those books useful to patrons. Now, “useful” can mean different things to different people, but for catalogers, one of the chief qualities of usefulness is simply: discoverability. No matter how “useful” a book may be in terms of its literary or informational qualities, if it cannot be found among the thousands of other books held by a given library, it’s not particularly useful at all.

In order to fulfill this mandate, catalogers maintain library catalogs...

When it comes to topical discovery, one of the most important tools that cataloging librarians have at their disposal is the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), which is a suite of controlled vocabularies that enable catalogers to record the “aboutness” of a given work. Because “natural language” is more or less inexact, the terms in the LCSH serve to cut out some of the noise by selecting certain terms as “preferred” and recording other, “non-preferred” terms as cross references...

Now, of course, providing subject access is, ultimately, a language game. And language, like libraries themselves, is an ever-changing organism...


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

National Library Week


From the Times Union Books blog, written by Alicia Abdul

Nothing makes me happier than a party. Now, imagine an entire week to celebrate. Even better, right? This week is National Library Week and you’ll find that most libraries are having events, activities, and displays to bask in the transformative nature of libraries. It’s as much an homage to the patrons that keep us in business as it is about the employees who invest their time and talent to make them thrive.
And it’s awesome to see the kinds of things that are going on in libraries. Look no further than Scott Jarzombek’s work with Albany Public Library or any public library branch for that matter. They’re hosting authors, running informational meetings about home ownership, providing tax forms, and letting kids get elbow deep is robotics.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

NORTH ALBANY BRANCH CHANGES SATURDAY HOURS

New Saturday Hours Start April 2

Starting this Saturday, April 2, the North Albany Branch will now be open from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. The rest of that branch's schedule remains the same, as do the schedules for all other APL branches.

The adjustment to the Saturday hours at the North Albany Branch is necessary because the YMCA building, which houses that library location, is changing its operating hours on that day of the week.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How libraries can save the Internet of Things from the Web's centralized fate

From BoingBoing:

Everyone thinks libraries have a positive role to play in the world, but that role differs greatly based on whether you’re talking to a librarian or a patron. Ask a patron what libraries have in common and they’d probably answer: they share books with people. Librarians give a different answer: they share a set of values. It’s time for libraries to step up to those values by supporting access to the Internet and taking the lead in fighting to keep the Internet open, free, and unowned.

The American Library Association Code of Ethics says: ”We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.”

That free flow of information on the Internet is at risk because of the past twenty years’ worth of centralization. What was once a field where all comers could express their ideas and create tools and content is increasingly reliant on proprietary services.