Saturday, September 26, 2009
I've kicked around the idea of circulating some old cassette players we've got in the AV room gathering dust. It's kinda funny, because I show a cassette to kids, and most of them don't know what it is or how to play it. But it's sad too, because so much of my collection is simply extinct. So, I could circulate a book, cassette player, and cassette bundle. But should I even be promoting that type of technology? Or should I take the attitude that at least it will get some use? And if the cassettes come back eaten up, then oh well? If the players get beaten up and broken, oh well? Honestly, half of them are probably already on their last leg anyway.
Or should I pay $2.50 each plus the cost of a CD, and have the district convert them to CDs? Then kids could check them out. But really do most of their parents have a CD player that they could use? The kids probably don't. There may be a CD player in their parents car. But is it convenient to use? Or, maybe parents have a CD player in the living room, but do the kids want to sit in the living room while the whole house listens to the book on "tape"? Somehow I don't see that happening much either. The kids may check out the CDs for the novelty of it, but I suspect most of them will be returned unopened.
Or, I could invest a lot of money in playaways, which are expensive. For $35-$60 each, they are essentially preloaded mp3 players with a book, or a few shorter books. But that is so expensive... At my last school, the kids raised $700 with a magazine fundraiser. Guess how many playaways I could purchase with that money? A whopping 15. Wow. Not a whole lot. Plus I've heard they break within a year. Oh, and did I mention batteries?
So what's a librarian to do? Audio content is in such a transition period right now, and technology is advancing at such a rapid pace. I hesitate to spend money on CD's. Cassettes are just laughable. Preloaded mp3 players are so expensive.
So then I kicked around another idea... How about buying some iPods, purchasing some audio books through iTunes, and then loading them up myself? Then the audio books would have an undeniable cool factor, they would be portable, and they would be convenient to use. The down sides? They would be expensive, time consuming to load new content, and what if they break or get lost? How many parents would be willing to pay to replace them? I am lucky and work in a school that could probably afford this type of program. I realize that for other librarians, this would not even be an option. Then I started re-thinking this solution. I'm not even sure that this would be legal, due to DRM issues. Yeah, so maybe I shouldn't open that can of worms.
For now, I'm researching, dreaming, and trying to think big for a good solution to this dilemma. Anyone else have any ideas? Feel free to comment below.
~The Square Librarian
Friday, September 11, 2009
Rozzi says, "I just don’t get it, how do you have a school without a library?" My thoughts exactly! I just had a first year teacher come check out 50 books to build her classroom library until she can build her own. While the school library doesn't exist just to stock teacher libraries, I am so glad she had this opportunity to get books into her students hands.
We are supposed to be educating young Americans to be world leaders... how can this happen without books, literacy, and research resources?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The people that typically read slashdot are very technologically oriented, and I wonder if that skews the results from the average population. However, I have to say I was a tad disappointed in the results of the poll. The comments at the end were illuminating.
Librarians, take note!
~The Square Librarian
p.s. I currently have two books checked out and just returned five.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The other day she announced that she would be guest blogging on Crystal Jordan's blog, so I mosey-d over to check it out. Patti decided to give away an autographed copy of In the Midnight Hour to someone who left a comment. I read, I commented, and I WON!!!!
Now, you have to know how cool this is for me. I'm a librarian. Authors are the equivalent of rock stars in my world. Seriously!
I am so looking forward to reading this first book in Patti O'Shea's Light Warrior series. I'll let you know what I think of it. Edge of Dawn (book 3) just came out a few days ago, so I have some catching up to do!
Of course, I am compelled to cite my sources, so if you want to have a link to Crystal Jordan's blog, you can find it here: http://www.crystaljordan.com/blog/
Patti O'Shea's website is: http://www.pattioshea.com/
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Really, could we do any more to make the library feel like an unwecoming place to be?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
If you are a teacher and you have an iPhone, you MUST visit www.iphonetips4teachers.info. It is a site started by Andrew Morris, an educator in the Round Rock Independent School District in Texas. He has compiled a bunch of really handy tips and app reviews that help make your job as a teacher easier. He organizes his site into three categories: Classroom Management, Instructional Tools, and the new category of Multimedia.
As a side note, I bemoaned the cost of the iPhone in an email with Mr. Morris. He was very well informed about the industry and told me about the new Verizon version of the iPhone. And any other librarians in the district may have a unique appreciation for his views on calculators, as well. *wink*
Thanks, Mr. Morris, for sharing your practical and fun tips in a well-organized format!
~The Square Librarian
Saturday, May 9, 2009
After going to classes and reading aloud until 12:45 in celebration of Read-In, I set up for the Spring bookfair. Then I had this nice treat to look forward to... I heart my job, it's something new every day.
Did I mention that my dog is going crazy over the chirping? I think I am too. Wheee!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Still a bargain, in my book!
~ The Square (and late) Librarian
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This small town library is doing a lot right, including Wii events for teens and adults, email book clubs (!), and a community story telling time where participants of all ages can come talk about a pre-determined topic like first jobs or Momma's kitchen. They have a MySpace site, Flickr site for the library, and *gasp* they actually let patrons use flash drives in their computers.
Kudos to the library director and staff at Lester Public Library. Looks like you are doing a lot right!
Check it out for yourself at http://www.tworivers.lib.wi.us/.
~The Square Librarian
I created this blog to report my random musings on all things book related- especially libraries and current trends. I am doing this to further my own professional development, but want to remain authentic as well. So it will be a blend of personal/professional stuff. Kinda like me- imagine that!
I've lately discovered Michael Stephens, a professor who gave several interesting talks at the annual Texas Library Association conference in Houston. He's my new muse... very cutting edge and relevant info available on his blog, which is at www.tametheweb.com if you are curious at all.
The Square Librarian
"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." ~ T.S. Elliot