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Twitters and Jitters in a "One World, One Library" Setting

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative -- Conference Musings -- June 22, 2008.

-- Susan Stephens, Director, Chattooga County Library, Summerville, GA

While watching an exchange student upload her digital photographs to a Chinese social Web site at my library, I reflected on what she had told me about public libraries in her native Taiwan. My, how libraries have changed in the last 15 years -- not only locally but globally!

Libraries and Community Development Resources

A post from the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Listserv
Dear Friends and Gentle People -
I thought you all would be interested in knowing about several articles which have appeared recently in two non-library sources.

The first is from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Their article on Public Libraries and Community Development (attached) gives a variety of ideas about how libraries can play a role in supporting economic development efforts in local communities.

Q & A: Library Door People Counters

Okefenokee Regional Library: Does anyone have suggestions or advice about purchasing “people counters”? I don’t think the current system of pencil and paper is working out too well.

Conyers-Rockdale Library System: Librarian's yellow pages list Walker wireless people counters (not cheap) and Brodart (who resells walker wireless). Also...the 'book' security system gates now come with people counters in the panels. http://www.walkerwirelessco.com/

GOLD and GALILEO Celebrate Users First on August First - Let the Registration Begin!

Registration for the 2008 GOLD/GALILEO Annual Users Group Conference
Opens TODAY! Explore and sign up at:

http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/gold/ggugc2008/

This year Georgia librarians can look forward to coming together as one,
as the GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference presents "One World One
Library: Working Together to Put the User First." In our zeal to embrace
a new collaborative style, we must aim for a single, user-centered
approach to service. Contributing to multiple user-experiences and
programs that earn the respect of our users is at the heart of our

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Georgia Online Database (GOLD) Compliance Forms Due Sunday, June 1, 2008. FAX OK!

GOLD Members and Friends,

Please remember: final deadline to return the GOLD Member Compliance form for your library is Sunday, June 1, 2008. Due to the closeness of the deadline we will cheerfully accept faxed forms (404.235.7201) throughout the weekend.

Electronic versions of all GOLD compliance materials are available for download from a customized GPLS website:

http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/gold/gold_compliance/

GOLD FY07 and FY08 borrowing and lending statistics can be viewed or downloaded from:

http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/gold/reimbursements

What to do with Weeded Books

Lists a number of ways to dispose of weeded books…

http://www.lrs.org/documents/field_stats/weeding_LP.pdf

Q & A: Library Credit Cards

Original Question by Emerson Murphy: Do I have the only system in Georgia that does not have a library credit
card?
I'm getting a lot of pressure to do this and I'm reluctant for a variety of
reasons. One is that I know we will end up paying sales tax on a lot of
small items simply because some folks will almost always take convenience
over accountability, and then argue that it doesn't matter much because all
the items are of little expense; another is that we don't handle all
affiliate funds directly, and I'm pretty sure some of my managers will end

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