From time to time, I counsel other libraries on how to think about fines and fees and service charges, both from a technical perspective but also from a philosophical one. Last week, I had one of these conversations, and, as I’m trying to rekindle a public writing habit, I thought I’d recount some thoughts from […]Read More Drop the Fines, Dammit.
I was helping a teammate at the library today think through how to help a student. The student, a middle schooler, was doing a report on illness and needed some sources for their “research report.” The student rejected my teammate’s help out of hand because the student needed a “print source,” and my teammate pointed […]Read More “Print” Sources in the 21st Century
Two things from today that intersected in a useful way: Early this morning, a teammate noticed another group at the library had a big pile of work on their hands. She asked my permission to help them. Because the person who used to sit in my seat at the library valued keeping teams separate. Their […]Read More “A Way of Caring”
Earlier today, I enjoyed reading Barry Joseph’s piece at DML about a digital pen that’s changing the experience at one metro museum. But what really struck me was how he framed the difference between a museum and a library, and what that framing said about what a library is. In talking about his experience, he wrote: […]Read More A Library Is Somewhere You Can Take Things Home to Explore
We’re starting to revamp some of our technology help here at the library. And we are expanding our maker-y programming, too. To move us forward in both areas, we’re going to launch a nightly “Ask a _____” booth, where our technical team will be on the floor to demo things they’re experimenting with, as well […]Read More Nerd vs. Geek