November 2009
Volume 30 No. 3



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News You Can Use
Food for Thought
If reduced time and money in your library is causing a re-thinking of procedures, here's some reading.

Web 2.0 Library Applications
Manage your library's book groups or teen clubs and include user-contributed content in your catalog:

Stacey Aldrich Appointed State Librarian
On November 13, 2009, Governor Schwartzenegger appointed Stacey Aldrich to be the State Librarian. She had been Acting State Librarian since February 2009 when Susan Hildreth become director of the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations, Stacey!
Press release.

We the People Book Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsoring the seventh We the People Bookshelf project. These 17 books and DVD will complement library programs observing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Apply online at Deadline: January 29, 2010.

Open Source Open Libraries Project
Infopeople, Califa and the Open Source Library Consortium are working together to educate librarians on open source software (OSS) for libraries as an alternative to commercial, proprietary integrated library systems (ILS). OSS puts librarians in control of their OPACs and search interfaces, as opposed to the vendor-controlled ILS. Find out more on the project page - Get up to speed with these Infopeople archived webinars.

DataSF is an e-government example of the use of mashups and social networking in a blog format - The goal of this website is to improve the public's access to local data, to showcase these applications, and to receive feedback from the public. Could you use a similar format for your library's statistics?

State Library Creates Library Twitter List
The State Library has created a Twitter list consisting of California libraries that Twitter. Twitter lists are a new feature offered on Twitter that allows you to create topic-based lists of users so you can follow tweets from a specific set of users. Add your library to the State Library's list! Also, you can follow the System Reference Center (SRC) on Twitter. The SRC's Twitter link is back on the System Reference Center's home page. Details

Events and Training
Math at the Library? What Fun is That? - Free Half-Day Workshop
Utilizing a set of ideas for library displays, stories, games, and activities that support math literacy adapted from the Mixing in Math project, this workshop is an opportunity to explore how your library can take advantage of newly developed posters, game boards, and resources for family events.  The trainers will show how librarians can spark opportunities for mathematical thinking to enhance the services they already provide for children and teens such as craft ideas and space to do homework. Mixing in Math is being developed to help children grow more confident and skilled at categorizing, estimating, fractions, and measurements, while motivating them to read both non-fiction and fiction. Participants will leave with activities, icebreakers, quiet games, and book suggestions.

Monday, January 25, 2010 -Watsonville Public Library
- 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 95076

9:30am - 12:30pm - Details and registration

Friday, January 29, 2010 - San Francisco Public Library
- 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 94102
9:30am - 12:30pm - Details and registration

For more information about workshop registration, contact Peninsula Library System staff at 650.349.5538 or


Reference Picks
Open College Blog
Browsing the Online College Blog archives for each month yields sites for book reviews and book lovers. The subject sites would please hobbyists and students. Examples:

ePodunk was selected as one of Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) best free reference sites for 2009. The site pulls together data from various government sources. Originally founded by journalists, it was acquired by Internet Brands and positioned to deliver information to prospective real estate buyers. The site is relatively clean and quickly pulls together information from diverse sources, e.g. population, schools, libraries, recreation, ancestry searches, etc.

Wheelchair Riders' Guides from the California Coastal Commission
The California Coastal Commission has published two guides for the California coasts to inform the public about little-known coastal trails accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The one for the San Francisco Bay and Nearby Coast covers the coast from Monterey County northward; the other is for Los Angeles and Orange County. Although you can download version of these guides, you may also be able to order free print copies for your library. Details

Resources for Events - "Day" and "Month" Events for Program Planning
Publicity templates, educational tools, booklists, and program planning ideas are in each link. Some events lend themselves to collaboration with schools and community organizations.

Year End Holidays 2009 - November 15, 2009 - February 13, 2010

    • Thanksgiving Day - November 26, 2009
    • Eid al-Adha - November 27, 2009 - Muslim Festival of Sacrifice
    • Bodhi Day - December 8, 2009 - Buddhist - Buddha reached Nirvana
    • Hannukkah (Chanukah) - December 11-19, 2009 - Jewish Festival of Lights
    • Christmas (Western Latin) - December 25, 2009
    • Christmas (Eastern Orthodox) - January 7, 2010
    • Kwanzaa - December 25, 2009 - January 1, 2010
    • Makar Sankranti - January 14, 2010 - Hindu winter solstice
    • Tu Bishvat - Jewish ''Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot'' - "new year of the trees" - January 30, 2010
    • Chinese New Year / Tet - Year of the Tiger
      - February 14, 2010
      San Francisco Events - Kaboose Crafts


American Indian Heritage Month

American National Diabetes Month

YALSA Teen Programming Ideas - November - December

Great American Smokeout Challenge

January Days and Months

  • Financial Fitness Month - Tools - System Reference Center's Money webliography


News from Our Members
Update on Contra Costa County Library's "Library-A-Go-Go"

In June 2009, the Contra Costa County Library installed its third book-lending machine in front of the El Cerrito del Norte BART station. The first was in the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station; the second was in a shopping center, and the fourth and last will be installed in a transit village in 2010. Susan Kantor-Horning, the library's Emerging Technologies Specialist details the LSTA-funded project with photos, statistics and lessons learned in an article in the August 15, 2009 online issue of Library Journal. Article - Press release

ProLiteracy Accredited PLP Member Libraries
Taken from Mary Beth Train's clip blog: ProLiteracy offers the only national accreditation service in the adult basic education and literacy field. The accreditation process requires local organizations to plan and evaluate their services using nationally recognized standards and to train and deploy volunteers to provide most of the tutoring.
- Watsonville Public Library - Santa Clara County Library - Oakland Public Library

Community and Big Reads
Peninsula Library System - Mistress of Spices , by Chitra Divakaruni - Details
- San Francisco Public Library - Alive in Necrospolis by Doug Dorst - Details

Library Re-Openings

San Francisco Public Library
- Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library - October 24, 2009
- Press release

Contra Costa County Library
- Lafayette Library and Learning Center - November 14, 2009
- S. F. Chronicle story and photos - Insight companion story
- New York Times excerpt

If your library has interesting statistics or press releases, please share them with your staff, post them on committee listservs, and send them to Mary Beth Train for inclusion in Search. One good idea begets another!


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