Friday, May 13, 2016

Central Library brings a social worker on board

From The Oregonian:

Susan Voss-Rothmeier walks the halls of Portland's Central Library, a bag slung over her shoulder and a clipboard of resource lists in her hands.

She looks for opportunities to discreetly approach people and quietly ask if she can be of help.

"It's walking around and meeting people and just introducing myself," Susan said of her typical work day. "I just keep it low-key."

Susan is the first, and so far the only, on-site social worker contracted with the Multnomah County Library system. She's three months into a year-long pilot program that provides free social services to patrons in crisis.

Central Library, where Susan spends the bulk of her time, has a jarring juxtaposition between historic opulence and modern poverty.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fix Your Bike at Albany Public Library

Bicycle Fixit Stations to be Unveiled on Friday During Bike Tour
Just in time for prime bike-riding season, and Bike to Work Week, we are opening Bicycle Fixit Stations outside three libraries at a special event and bike tour on Friday, May 13.

The event kicks off at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) at 9:30 am when library officials will be joined by leaders of local bicycle, transportation, and community organizations for a short press conference and unveiling of that branch's Bicycle Fixit Station. Participants will then get on their bikes and ride to the Bach Branch (455 New Scotland Ave.) to visit the fixit station there. The last stop on the bike tour is the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.).

Community members are invited to participate in the bike ride -- just meet us at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch at 9:30 am this Friday with your bike and helmet!

"We're excited to provide the people of Albany with free Bicycle Fixit Stations at three Albany Public Library branches," said Scott Jarzombek, the library's executive director. "There are many recreational cyclists, families, and commuters who can benefit from having easy access to bike repair tools at three locations in the city of Albany. The Bicycle Fixit Stations are another great service the library is proud to provide to the community."

The stations, manufactured by DERO, contain all the tools riders need to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, including changing a flat tire, adjusting brakes, and fine tuning gears. Each station includes the following tools: Philips and flat head screwdrivers, various Allen wrenches, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, several sizes of box wrenches, tire levers, and an air pump. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stands using stainless steel cables, but are still easy to access for those using the stations. The stands have hanger arms that allow users to spin the pedals and wheels while making adjustments.

The library partnered with the Albany Bicycle Coalition and the Protected Bicycle Lane Coalition to secure a grant from the Capital District Transportation Committee's Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Mini-Grant Program to fund the stations. Additional funds are provided by the Albany Public Library Foundation.

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.