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Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People : NPR

Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People : NPR | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Elizabeth Blair"

"What's the point of a library in the digital age? It's a question that makes librarians bristle. They are quick to remind you that they are not just repositories for printed books and DVDs. Regular patrons know this, but public libraries want to reach beyond the faithful. To that end, many librarians are finding creative ways to get people through the doors despite their limited resources.

Take the Honeoye Public Library near Rochester, N.Y. It's one of a handful of branches in New York that lends out fishing poles — yes, those things you use in the great outdoors, far away from bookshelves. Wendy Krause, the library's director, says the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides the library with eight poles, and the local Fish and Game Club gave funding for tackle boxes. "When a customer takes out a fishing pole, they get a little tackle box with some backup hooks, and sinkers and that kind of thing," says Krause. For bait, she recommends the gas station across the street.

So how do fishing poles fit a public library's mission? Krause says its job is to inform and enlighten, but also to connect its patrons with the community. The Honeoye Library is in the Finger Lakes region, where you can fish year-round, so this is a way for the library to speak directly to the people they serve, where they're serving them.

Other libraries try to bring people in simply by offering things they might need around the house, like toys, pots and pans, tools — and even humans."

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Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Stevelibs: Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns - http://bit.ly/ffNAzv via @Shareaholic

 

A few concerns voiced by a librarian, Meredith Farkas, about ebooks and libraries.

Points being covered:

- What about ILL?

- Too many platforms,  too little interoperability

- how do you browse a shelf of eBooks?

- DRM and crazy rules for “lending”

- What do we own and what does that mean?

- What do we own and what does that mean?


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Valid questions and concerns about ebooks and libraries!

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