Thursday, June 15, 2006

Requests for obits from PB

Proposed guidelines:

GUIDELINES FOR RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR COPIES OF
OBITUARIES FROM THE PB




1) Verify that the person whose obituary is requested was from Rochester.

The requests states the person is from Minnesota
Check our local online obit index
Check the MN Death Index
Check the Social Security Death Index

2) The requestor must know within a week the date of death. If the requestor doesn’t know staff should check our obit index, the MN Death Index, and History Center databases. If no date is found reply to the requestor that they must come up with a more specific date.

3) If the date can be ascertained, give to Pam or Jerry to find and scan via e-mail or make a print copy.

5) We will mail for the cost of the copy and postage or we will scan and send via e-
mail for no cost.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Template Changed

After having trouble reading print on the green background I'm trying out a different template.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

RPL MN Library Reference

RPL MN Library Reference

Illegal sewers persist -
front page PB headline June 5, 2206

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

RPL MN Library Reference

RPL MN Library Reference

I volunteered at the grand opening of Minneapolis Public Library on Saturday. It was fun to see so many people (from all walks of life) excited about their library; I only heard positive comments. They have an assistive technology lab with 5 workstations; Freedom Box is included. The lab is designed for vision loss and for people with physical disabilities; staffed with volunteers. They have an interactive computer map kiosk on each floor outside the elevator. And so much more - worth a visit!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

RPL MN Library Reference

RPL MN Library Reference

Highlights of Symposium:
I learned I'm a digital immigrant; I liked being exposed to new terminology, technology, web sites and ways of thinking.
U of M is changing from Information Commons to Smart Commons where students go to 1 stop, full service destination. Can use librarians and write a paper in the same place. They have collaborative spaces for patrons and "deep quiet" space (new concept to me) where no keyboards are allowed - no noise at all. An interesting aside: the new Minneapolis Public has many meeting rooms [even 2 piano rooms] and patrons can reserve them online with their library card.
I learned about the Urban Library Program - a collaboration between St. Paul Public and St. Kate's. The program's purpose is to recruit and educate a diverse library workforce using hands-on work experiences in libraries. They have 18 grads this year from a range of ages and races. They want to expand the program outside Twin Cities if they get funds. What a wonderful idea - a WIN/WIN.

Ideas for RPL to implement:
1) what ever happened to my proposal about staffing the Internet terminals without professional librarians? Then we could do more professional activities like write a LSTA grant to do Rochester digital historical building photo project between teens and seniors in collaboration with Olm. County His. Society. (He mentioned this and I like it).

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Posting to blogs

At the blogging workshop I went to they said lots of blogs don't allow the public to post - they use it mainly as a one way communications vehicle. They are afraid of being overwhelmed and having to answer to many and also about controlling what is out there.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Everyone has now accepted the invitation to join the blog.