Not library 2.0 (again)

Originally uploaded by kokeshi.

Here’s a wonderful note at a school library. Check out the “after” photo to see what someone did to it.

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

7 thoughts on “Not library 2.0 (again)”

  1. Bring them to our place (Bloomington Public Library in Bloomington, IL), for we welcome them with open arms. PSP’s, DS’s, Advance SP’s whatever works bring it in. Some folks just don’t get it, and I really feel for them.

    My son does his vocabulary and spelling words on his DS. Yeah, it is a novelty and paper and pen might work just as well, but that is where he is at. Just let them be and meet them halfway.

    Trying to keep the faith,

  2. Geez, that would mean leaving my PDA and cell phone at home…not to mention my laptop. What up with that?

  3. Why not post the names and locations of these libraries? It is time to punish the gulity or at least the clueless.

  4. I don’t know the location of this one as I just found the pics on flickr. As for others, in most cases I have a professional relationship with the library so I have to be careful with that concept.

  5. Why say “punish the guilty or at least the clueless”? That is an insensitive remark. We should try to work on them to convince them of our viewpoint. Punishment is not the way to go. Besides, we are ignorant of any local incidents that may have inspired these measures.

  6. So this time I agree it’s “not fair” to make an over-arching statement against a particular library activity. At one of the branches where I teach, the juv computers are always in use and sometimes games, sometimes school work but I guess my theory is that I’d rather have the kids inside at a safe library then out on the street as this branch is in a really rough part of town.

    I agree with Connie that this infers other electronic devices such as PDAs ought be left at home or confiscated and if they aren’t, then what is really being said is “we don’t want kids here.” That’s a real bummer to say the least (and in polite company).

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