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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for November

There is much to report—some completions, some successes, and some plans in the offing.

 1.      Completed Projects Approved by the Board:

It’s a pleasure to report that several projects have been completed.

1.1. Audio – Video System:  A few minor odds and ends remain but everything of major significance is done.  The sound system installed is controlled from a device in the control room and also as an application on the library’s meeting room iPad.  The video projector is outstanding.  Even with ambient light, the image is displayed so brightly that the movies approach theater-like quality in terms of brightness and resolution.  The proof is in the audience’s enjoyment of the movie programs presented since the system was installed in October.

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Director’s Film Series Extended

Thanks to everyone who filled out an index card with your comments after the last film program, on November 7.  There were about 50 responses.  We offer a special thanks to all who expressed how grateful they were for the film series and the movies shown (almost every response); and for the positive comments about the library director.  This feedback will help ensure that the film series will continue into the new year.

 Two comments came up multiple times. The first was a request to show captions or subtitles with the movies. With Adam Resurrected it was hard to understand everything that was said.  We’ll definitely show the subtitles if there are accents and speech that are not readily discernible.  We can discuss as a group whether you would like to have subtitles/captions for all films.

Graphically Novel

The teens did it first.  Then the children.  (Our younger collections have always been precocious.)  Now, at last, our adult collection graphic novels have broken free of the stacks! 

The collection's been given a new home (and room to grow) next to the Speculative Fiction paperbacks.  The books have a "Graphic Novel" label on the spine, and are shelved alphabetically by author (just like the prose novels).  New graphic novel acquisitions are now listed monthly on the New Speculative Fiction page.  Some things haven't changed: books about the medium-- artists' manuals, encyclopedias, reading guides, works about writers or artists, or literary criticism (yes, there really is literary criticism on Batman)-- are still under 741.5.

Nook eReaders Recharged

We've freshened up the content of our adult eReaders with dozens of current titles from The New York Times Bestseller lists as well as some favorite classics.  And now you can reserve them in our online catalog or at the reference desk.  Take a look at the selection of fiction, nonfiction and classics.  You're sure to find something to suit your reading tastes.

Our eReaders are perfect for travel, great for weekend read-a-thons brought on by wintry weather, and a godsend for those of us struggling with small print.  Drop by the reference desk soon and check one out.  Or go straight to the catalog and reserve one now.  eReaders are available for New City and West Nyack patrons.  See the entire lending policy here.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for October

The October 2013 New City Library Board Meeting marks the 6th month of my employment.

I am happy that the Board of Trustees has come together to approve unanimously all of the library-beneficial projects that have been placed before them.  They have recognized consistently that what is best for the library is worthy of their support. 

I will offer a few general statements and then review where the library stands on the initiatives that have been proposed and approved for implementation.

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Documentary Film Showing Rescheduled

The PBS documentary on Henry Ford, which was originally scheduled to be shown on October 3, will now be shown on Wednesday, November 6.  Our program will begin at 1:30 and light refreshments will be served.  Join us for this fascinating film on the life of a man who changed the auto industry forever.

What's Cooking?: On the Road...

Are you captivated by food shows like I am?  When there aren’t any good films showing on television, I always surf the food and travel channels.  I seem to gravitate toward food shows that go on the road or travel through exotic places and cultures such as Bizarre Foods, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and The Great Food Truck Race. One reason why I don’t tire from watching is the coverage of such diversified foods from the familiar to the unusual. It is just fascinating to observe the creative cooking that abounds in humble surroundings. 

New quiet area

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.  ~ Sir Richard Steele, Irish politician and author, 1672-1729.

The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey of library services for their Internet and American Life Project. One question asked of a sampling of Americans was, "What services and programs do you find very important for libraries to offer?"  When we examine the answers, we find that the New City Library scores pretty well with fulfilling these wishes.  Librarians?  Check! Books?  Check!  Free access to computers and the internet?  Check!

Better Than Google

If information is on the Internet it must be true, right? WRONG!
When I first started searching on the Internet, I was amazed that anyone could put something up there for the world to read.  This became quite apparent, early on, when I searched  for endangered species in Hawaii and came up with information posted by a fourth grade class in Hawaii.  Would I use it, would I trust it? No, of course not.  Librarians are trained to evaluate sources, and I needed something with an imprimateur of scholasticism.  Fourth grade homework is not happening!
 
Trustworthy information is of the utmost importance when it comes to medical matters. Any quack can put up a website and dispense inaccurate or even dangerous misinformation. You can find hundreds of examples of shady websites that are eager to take your money for worthless products. 

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for September

In September New City Library returns to regularly scheduled library hours of service to the public.  (Once the new system is installed we know that this should be the last time it will be a challenge to change the telephone message from summer hours to winter hours.)  We are pleased that the Library will be offering continuing and new programs that we trust will be well-received and successful.  The Fall 2013 issue of Fine Print, Newsletter of the New City Library was published on the web site, and many copies are available at various library locations.  Fine Print is also distributed to over 7,500 cardholders who provided their email addresses.  The Children’s print version can be found in the Children’s Department. 
 

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