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…and the toolbar goes live!

Our library opening page is featuring the new toolbar this week. Take a look, try it out, and explore our library and its resources from… well… wherever you are!

If you miss the opening week, you can relive it through our Front Page Archive.

Skokie Public Library Toolbar


9 September 2007 Posted by | libraries, progress, tools | Leave a comment

the modern librarian: “addy will know”

Thank you to Jenny over at The Shifted Librarian for hooking us up with “Addy Will Know,” a new song by indie poppers SNMNMNM (and no, I do not know how to pronounce that).

“Addy Will Know” avoids the stereotypes. Serving as a musical tribute to the modern librarian, it is about a real librarian who leads a lost patron to the four books he is looking for. The names of the books are never mentioned, but as a kind of puzzle, he song itself includes call numbers that correspond to the books hinted at in the verses.

I’ve played the song three times and I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet. The chorus is firmly suck between my ears.

Check out the addywillknow wiki for the band’s challenge to librarians: be in their video, enter their contest, and get your local radio stations to play “Addy Will Know” over the airwaves.

And now my challenge to all of you (and especially my local colleagues)…

  • Download the song and learn the lyrics.
  • Sing along in storytime… lap-sitters, toddlers, preschoolers, families.
  • Play “Addy” overhead at low volume in tween and teen spaces and see how long it takes for the kids to start singing in the stacks.
  • Hum the chorus at the circulation and readers services desks, in the elevator, at the coffee and mocha machines.
  • Put the “Addy” player on your Web sites (the band provides the code on the wiki).

Go ahead… don’t be shy. Sing. Sing a song.

1 September 2007 Posted by | libraries, play | | 3 Comments

lifehacker tip: “where the web archives are”

Today’s lifehacker feed features some links and clues to “where the Web archives are” — or, those “intriguing resources on the Web… that in the past, could only be found by making appointments in dusty libraries.”

Dusty libraries? Our facilities staff works hard to keep the dust at bay!

But I digress. On with the list, which is compiled by lifehacker‘s weekend editor and Technophilia feature writer, Wendy Boswell

27 August 2007 Posted by | libraries, links, sites we like, web resources | 1 Comment

we interrupt my nap…

…for some priceless library humor.

Back in June, David Lee King used GarageBand to remix some Michael Gorman quotes into the wildly fun “bibliopunk” piece, I’m No Antidigitalist. Now Libraryman and Gorman are Disco Dancing for Peace in the Biblioblogosphere with help from JibJab’s Starring You movie maker.

Oh lord… a must-see. But first clear the area of all beverages and spillables.

Libraryman+Gorman=”Dancing for Peace…”

22 August 2007 Posted by | libraries, play, tools | 1 Comment

public library service responses and we

Our recent Strategic Planning meetings included talk of the Public Library Associations proposed Planning for Results Service Responses. How does our library meet (or not meet, dare say) the needs of our community with the resources, programs, and services we provide? Details aside, Jenn and I shook out our Web site to see how we fit into each of the proposed Service Responses. We’ve got some great staff-authored indexes, original content, and program information on our Web site and much of it serves one or more of the 18 Responses. It’s one long list, so grab a bottle, cup, or can of whatever keeps you going and take a look around our Web site. We’re open 24/7.

  1. Be Informed Citizens: Local, National, and World Affairs
  2. Build Successful Enterprises: Business and Non-Profit Support
  3. Celebrate Diversity: Cultural Awareness
  4. Connect to the Online World: Public Internet Access
  5. Create Young Readers: Early Literacy
  6. Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History
  7. Express Creativity: Create and Share Content
  8. Get Facts Fast: Ready Reference
  9. Know Your Community: Community Resources and Services
  10. Learn to Read and Write: Adult, Teen, and Family Literacy
  11. Make Career Choices: Job and Career Development
  12. Make Informed Decisions: Health, Wealth, and Other Life Choices
  13. Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning
  14. Stimulate Imagination: Reading, Viewing and Listening for Pleasure
  15. Succeed in School: Homework Help
  16. Understand How to Find, Evaluate, and Use Information: Information Fluency
  17. Visit a Comfortable Place: Physical and Virtual Spaces
  18. Welcome to the United States: Services for New Immigrants

2 June 2007 Posted by | internet, libraries, web resources | 1 Comment