Monday, January 30, 2012

Library Day in the Life in northern California newsroom

An out-of-state caller to the Lake County Record-Bee has just learned the benefits of inter-library loan for viewing ’90s Lake County, Calif. newspapers during Library Day in the Life, Round 8. According to founder Bobbi Newman:
 “It’s a chance to share your day, or week, with other librarians and hopefully the public at large. It started when I come discovered someone had searched ‘What’s a librarian’s day like’ to find my blog so I wrote a blog post suggesting that other librarians and library workers blog what we do all day at work.  Then we (and maybe patrons) could see what we do all day. A second objective is to escape the library echo chamber where we’re talking to each other and reach others outside of libraries.
“People participate by sharing a day or week by writing blog posts, tweeting, creating videos and taking pictures. Last round there were just under 250 people signed up on the wiki. There were over 800 people participating via Twitter.  It has grown to be an international project with participants from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore. Participants are from academic, public, college, special, school libraries, professional organizations and library vendors.”
This call to the newsroom would easily have been in character at a library reference desk. Invariably I suggest that out-of-county and out-of-state readers initiate inter-library loan via their local library with the Lake County Library system.

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