Click here to download any or all of the presentations mentioned in the Director's Report for June, section 3.
Recently, there has been a surfeit of articles and videos pertaining to public libraries, their plight and their future.
and a couple from the Toronto Public Library union (Canadian Union of Public Employees 4948) which are advocating for library support by Toronto citizens:
For Adults / For Children
- AV Project: It’s definitely in the homestretch. The carpet and almost all of the ceiling and interior work in the lower level has been completed. The date of the Board meeting, 5/15/2014, is when the shelving for the lower level will be delivered and installed now that the lower level work is close to completion.
- Once installed the Books on CD, Romances, and Playaways will be moved from the meeting room to the new shelving in the lower level. In addition additional shelves were ordered for the first floor to promote easy browsing by eliminating as much as possible the bottom shelves for AV materials. This should complete almost all of the renovations and changes to the adult services department lower level and first floor.
- The children’s department is waiting for the replacement furniture that arrived damaged earlier. The three big items are the iPad table, the computer table, and a single section of single-faced shelving for games. Once these pieces are in place—expected by the end of the month—the children’s room will be pretty much done.
On Sunday May 11, our director Mitch Freedman was interviewed by Nina DelRio on 106.7 Lite FM for the Get Connected show. 106.7 has generously made the show available on their website. Click here to listen to full interview.
1. AV Project
The AV Project is in the construction phase. After being given a 3-4 week verbal estimate for completion, the written estimate subsequently submitted showed an 8-week schedule. I sent an unanswered email of complaint about this discrepancy. Telephone tag with the general contractor didn’t result in a conversation but something must have happened. The work that has been underway since April 7 has been moving at such an accelerated rate that—barring any unforeseen problems—the Library should see the project completed well before the June 3 completion date originally proposed.
The Suffern Library has a successful coffee bistro located in its lower level. Visitors to the library seem to use it regularly. Should the New City Library use the free space arising from moving the videos and music materials and install a coffee bistro downstairs?
Our plan is to use our freed up space as a sorely needed quiet study area. The design of the library is such that it can be hard to find a quiet niche and that is our current priority. It is a great suggestion and one we'll keep in mind for the future.
I do not like the changes to the floor. They are disruptive and unnecessary.
We know that change can be difficult. Right now, some of our collections may seem far flung, but the payoff has already begun. You no longer have to look through bins of cards to find your DVD. Instead, you can take it right off the shelf and eliminate a lengthy step in the checkout process. By the time summer begins in earnest, there will also be the lovely edition of a quiet study area which many patrons have requested in the past. We apologize for these temporary inconveniences while we strive to make the library better.
I have been visiting other local libraries which provide one to one tutoring in technology and your personal needs. Why don't we have this? Group classes are not as powerful and technological literacy is essential. Even New York
City is providing several locations with this in mind. I would love to have open sessions or appointments since I am very busy and cannot make use of many group sessions.