Two things: 1) I am happy to say the libraries I work in do not seem to be anymore dangerous than before and 2) Hoping a library gets more money is nice, but letting legislators know would be better.
So the power went out for awhile. I don’t know why, it is rare around here. There was a horrible grinding noise and gone. It is possible that it was just going to be a short one, but I was impatient. I had planes – that all involved electricity. I couldn’t do them. So I decided to to look at the wireless options in town. First — the library. You need a library card — and I had to find a part of the library where it would connect. But once connected it was easy. And there are no time limits once you were on. And the library was pretty quiet, even if the guy sitting behind me had the plague. There were plenty of places to plug in the computer so — not bad. It did a get a bit slow, but that just meant tv watching had glitches.
After the library – Panerea. Quick – easy on , plus lunch not bad. Suggested time limits if crowded , but I don’t know if it is enforced in any way. It got really noisy, so I didn’t stay long. It was very fast. I probably would have stayed longer , but there were only breakfast pastries — and I wanted something like an eclair , or a napoleon .
ha! No brain today — so I went looking for fun stuff on YouTube. If anything calls it self a library rap — run away . All of them are lame, lame, lame. However I did find a risque song about a librarian:
The most Dangerous Place on the Internet – wikipedia. Actually that is only one wiki. Wikis are just places where information is shared and everyone can be an author. In general , this sounds dangerous to the librarian mind ( wait …anyone can say what they want… but then who is the authority…). In practice – they tend to be self correcting. Controversial subject don’t get settled, but you can often see the arguments involved. And there are ways to set up controls if some topics bring out all the crazies.
For libraries, the possibilities are endless. There is often all sorts of ephemeral information that can’t have a home in the library – or isn’t easily stored for finding in the library – wiki it. Get a huge bunch of book reviews, ever changing book lists, or lot of community information. Keep you blogs for the topical stuff and use your wiki for the more encyclopedia information.
In honor of today’s exploration of wikis – here’s a link to the wikipedia entry for my part of town,Niles.