• Libraries

    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

    by  • August 27, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    David Lee King

    In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. We also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did...

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    Friday Video: The Library of the Future, Melanie Florencio

    by  • August 15, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created.

    Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital media lab instructor, adjunct art professor, and comic illustrator. She studied Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Post graduation in 2011, she taught art and design at two Charleston colleges while freelancing comic book projects. Currently, Melanie enjoys sharing her artistic knowledge and talents with the Beaufort County, SC community through demonstrations, workshops, and lectures for the public library system as well as adjuncting art classes online for the local colleges. (Published on Jun 11, 2014)

    Unpleasant Vibrators Need Not Apply

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Fun, Libraries • 0 Comments

    By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    From The Library Assistant’s Manual, a guide by Theodore Koch “issued on the occasion of the 61st annual meeting of the Michigan State Teachers’ Association, Ann Arbor, October 30–November 1, 1913.” Qualities that unfit one for library work in general are physical weakness, deformity, poor memory, a discontented disposition, egotism, a lack of system...

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    Might we loose the Eaton SF/F archive?

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Books, Libraries • 0 Comments

    The Eaton Collection

    So I’m sad to have to report that new library administration doesn’t seem to appreciate the value of the Eaton Collection or the expertise that goes into it. Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton’s holdings, its...

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    Library of Congress’ Duke Nukem win

    by  • August 7, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments


    Several months ago, while performing an inventory of recently acquired video games, I happened upon a DVD-R labeled Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (PSP). My first assumption was that the disc, like so many others we have received, was a DVD-R of gameplay. However, a line of text on the Copyright database record for the...

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