Yikes.

I came across this photo while cruising my biblioblogosphere feeds and just had to blog it up. I’m assuming the bookdrop is the tan plasticy thing next to the bench in the background. (At the very least, it’s the same color as the empty bookdrop up front.) So many books have come in that it’s pushed the bookdrop back, allowing even more books to pile up. According to the note on the photo, the library was closed for a three-day holiday.My mission states that I’m supposed to talk about the intersection of technology and library service, and this photo highlights an important point. Know the limits of your tools, and how to work around those limits. This goes for these “analog” (get it?) resources as well as the digital devices. In this case, someone should have come in over the weekend to switch out the bookdrops.

During the keynote* at the Illinois Library Association conference this year, Michael Stephens asked this all-important question: what story is your library telling through its services?

Based on the volume of material here, it’s pretty clear that people do love this library (and want to avoid overdue fines). But if I didn’t know any better, I’m not sure I’d want to be part of this story.

Take a look around your library. What other stories are being told by certain services, signs, or policies?

*Something which I had started to blog about, but realized that I was just parroting everything the speaker had already said. You’re far better off checking out the presentation itself.

  • http://kongtemplation.com rich

    that’s just scary.

  • http://bookowl.blogspot.com Dan

    Toby! Good to see you. Thanks for the comment about the Red Sox. I will now have an RSS feed to your blog.

  • http://bookowl.blogspot.com Dan
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