Category Archives: Libraries

Libraries and the new marketplace

One of my favorite movies of all time is Dinner at Eight, released in 1933. [If you haven’t seen it you absolutely should—the actors make it great, among them Billie Burke, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, two Barrymores—John and Lionel—and the … Continue reading

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Why I became a librarian

This past weekend there were a couple of interesting online discussions. One concerned a person who attended an elite college and why they would waste their expensive education to become a librarian. The other concerned a Forbes article by an … Continue reading

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Library Confidential

From Alaska Statutes: AS 40.25.140. Confidentiality of Library Records. (a) Except as provided in (b) of this section, the names, addresses, or other personal identifying information of people who have used materials made available to the public by a library … Continue reading

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Strategic plan update

The Ketchikan Public Library is preparing a five year strategic plan, with input from staff, patrons, the Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library, University of Alaska-Southeast-Ketchikan, and City and Borough officials.  The purpose of the plan is … Continue reading

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DirLead, day 2

DirLead is a group of directors of the twenty largest public libraries in Alaska. There is a DirLead listserv to exchange information and ask/give advice among members, a meeting at the annual Alaska Library Association (AkLA) Conference in late winter, … Continue reading

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In my (under) estimation …

I was worried, and the closer we got to the date, the more worried I became. Back in May Eiko Otake, a dancer and choreographer teaching at Wesleyan University, offered to perform at Russell Library one of a series of … Continue reading

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When is a crisis not a crisis?

For a recent job interview, I was asked to talk about the ‘crisis in the humanities’ and what libraries can do to take advantage of the opportunities created by new technologies. I initially stopped at the phrase ‘crisis in the … Continue reading

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