Category: study tour 2007

Thomas Ford – Study tour 07

Wow, my last visit and I spent a lovely day at Thomas Ford Memorial Library (TFML) in the outer Chicago suburbs. Thomas Ford is a single branch service with 7 librarians plus support staff. However, besides the number of branches and staff, our respective library services have a lot in common – more on that …

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Breakfast with Michael Stephens

Yesterday before sightseeing in Chicago, I had the honour and pleasure of breakfasting with Michael Stephens (of Tame the Web and much other fame). He was kind enough to spare some time from an overbusy schedule to pick me up from my hotel and pop to a local bakery for a hearty breakfast. Our chat …

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Hennepin 1 – Study tour 07

Had a great day at Hennepin County Public Library (HCPL) on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota. HCPL has a great team managing their web services. They have 4 librarians working on web development (all former adult, teens or childrens librarians), 2 programmers who are also librarians, an intranet staffer, a support staffer and an Office …

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AADL – Study tour 07

Eli Neiburger, head of Information and Administration Services at Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) gave me most of his day to outline the great things that are happening at Ann Arbor. I so want a programmer on our staff. Eli leads the Information Access and Systems team of 9 fulltime staff who provide help desk …

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SJCPL – Study tour 2007

Marianne Kruppa is Web Development Librarian at St Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) and I have just spent a wonderful day with her, discovering their main library and all the great things that they are doing there. SJCPL is made up of the main library, 8 branches (plus one under construction) and a read mobile …

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Web Junction – Study tour 2007

Today I was warmly welcomed by Denise Stewart at the Dublin, Ohio offices of Web Junction. OCLC is located on a large green expanse outside of Columbus Ohio. It’s an awesome complex on a beautiful location with approximately 1,000 staff working out of two of the three OCLC owned buildings on site. Photos have been …

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OPLIN – Study Tour 2007

Today I saw behind the scenes at OPLIN – Ohio Public Library Information Network, here in beautiful Columbus. The weather has been beautiful and warm the last few days, making up for the freezing weather I experienced when I first got to the US. Here’s just some brief notes on my day. The team at …

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PLCMC 4 – Study Tour 2007

Tonight, the Main Library at PLCMC had an Open Night to celebrate Library Week. Invitees were able to sample food from local restaurants, cafes and a winery and the opportunity to find out more about library programs and more. The more included the opportunity to play with the Library’s Wii games (I bowl better virtually …

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PLCMC 3 – Study Tour 2007

Second day at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County. Today Helen introduced me to Charles Brown, PLCMC’s Director. That was an honour and a privilege to enjoy our short chat together about our respective parts of the world. Helen then took me to their CheckIt Outlet, a small shopfront library at the other …

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PLCMC 2 – Study Tour 2007

An amazing service is provided from the lower area of ImaginOn. Storytimes to go (STG) provides pre-literacy kits for preschool teachers and carers. The kits are themed and aimed at getting children interested in reading. The kits have 8 to 12 picture books, a booklet of original activities written by the staff (of 4), flannelboard …

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