Monday, March 11, 2013

Libaries in the news this week: What's unique about your collection?

We start off with a beautiful visualization of catalog searches from the entire state of Wyoming.
Filament Mind from yongjulee on Vimeo.

You can read more about this unique installation in the Wired article Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights Up Library Queries.

Public libraries around the country are adding some creative check-out options to their collections: Libraries offer weird things to draw new borrowers. I wouldn't necessarily call these "weird", just... new. Multnomah County is one of the libraries in Oregon offering the "Kill-O-Watt" meter to measure energy usage.  What does your library offer that might be considered "weird" by the uninitiated-to-libraries people? Please tell me there is a library in Oregon that checks out seeds.

And finally, a couple congratulations:
First to the folks at the Broad Channel Library, which just reopened after being wrecked by Sandy,
And second to Paralibrarian of the Year 2013: Laura Poe.


  1. We're the only library I know of that has a ready reference area on Oregon estuaries. And this is the place to check out if you want a video on how to shake a crab or fillet a fish!

    Susan Gilmont
    Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Ctr., Newport, OR

  2. and in some Lincoln County libraries as well we have fishing poles for kids to check out with a lot of cool information about where and when to catch local fish (supplied by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) there are also poles with practice game casting plastic fishes!
    Teena Nelson
    Driftwood Public Library
    Lincoln City, OR