Take 2: Calgary Central Library access, service and public spaces

For the librarians: just the basics – in point form – bits you might already know, if you’ve been there, or know because you expect it. A few more photos needed still. Accessibility (physical) Building is on the edge of downtown; question about security of the n’hood Would be worried about night-time safety exiting library … More Take 2: Calgary Central Library access, service and public spaces

Take 1: All about the feelings from Calgary Central Library

It’s day 6 for me hanging out at Calgary’s new Central Library. I’ve been here since last Sunday afternoon for hours at a time – mornings, afternoons, early evening. Weekend, family day, weekdays. What follows are my first reflections, with emphasis on feelings. My field of library experience contextualizes these comments of course —> library … More Take 1: All about the feelings from Calgary Central Library

A starter checklist for MIS students getting to know a public library

I compiled this checklist as an aid for students in this term’s public libraries course. Each student has been assigned a public library branch and system to follow for the semester. While the list is not comprehensive, it is intended to get students started in doing a deep dive in getting to know their public … More A starter checklist for MIS students getting to know a public library

Thinking about intellectual freedom & public libraries

I recently participated in CFLA-FCAB’s national policy forum as one of four panelists discussing the shifting ground of intellectual freedom in Canadian libraries. I limited my perspective to public libraries. The figure below summarizes my first round of thinking on organizing public library services from the foundation of intellectual freedom values and goals. It has been updated … More Thinking about intellectual freedom & public libraries

What’s happening with reference service in public libraries?

I am just beginning the process of developing a “Public Libraries” course for next year. I will also be teaching a required course on “Information Resource Discovery” which now includes search, retrieval, information seeking and use behaviours, user needs, reference interview, managing and delivering information services. Type-of-library agnostic. In developing both courses I am meeting … More What’s happening with reference service in public libraries?

Fearless at #OLASC SuperConference

Here is the presentation I delivered last week in a workshop at the Ontario Library Association’s 2018 Super Conference. The two women who led the Save Saskatchewan Libraries Facebook campaign, Christine Freethy and Sarah Mordern, were unable to attend. I reported on my ‘take’ on their Facebook campaign, drawing on many posts from that page. You … More Fearless at #OLASC SuperConference

In progress

Related to the Saskatchewan public libraries case study I am working on is a review of current public library legislation in Canada. Though with a very particular (i.e., narrow) focus. I am looking at the legislation-in-context ONLY insofar as the provincial and territorial statutes and regulations suggest vision, values and promises for public library service … More In progress

Saskatchewan’s ‘library crisis’ legacy

I was recently in Saskatchewan talking to residents about what’s been happening to their rural and regional libraries in the aftermath of ‘The Crisis’. Yes, librarians, patrons, and library trustees liken their Provincial Government’s March 22nd decision to cut grants to regional libraries by 58% percent, to a natural disaster most especially for rural communities. … More Saskatchewan’s ‘library crisis’ legacy