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From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:54:33 1997
From: Sarah Hudson <shudson@plcmc.lib.nc.us>
Subject: RE: Computer Furniture

Our furniture was custom made. If you don't like the furniture from Gaylord or Demco, you might look into that.

Sarah Hudson
Information Specialist
Independence Regional Library
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

These opinions are my own, and do not reflect those of PLCMC

From: ROXANNE BURG[SMTP:RBURG@mx.tol.lib.ca.us]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 1997 9:57 PM
To: pubyac@nysernet.org
Subject: Computer Furniture

We are looking for some child-sized computer furniture and wondered if
anyone on PUBYAC had any recommendations for manufacturers or

Specifically, we are interested in attractive pieces for OPACs and
stand-alones which hide or store the wires and connections
out-of-reach and harm's way. We are not interested in open or rolling

If you have any suggestions, please e-mail me at rburg@mx.tol.lib.ca.us.

Roxanne Burg
Sr. Librarian, Children's Services
Thousand Oaks Library


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:54:37 1997
From: mchelton@cadvantage.com (marykchelton)
ubject: outsourcing

Tried to send this to Cindy directly, but it bounced back.

Cindy, outsourcing is great for ad hoc or terribly specialized projects.
When I worked in Montgomery County (MD) PL, we had to do use Pan Asian to
get an Asian language cataloger for foreign language books, and in Virginia
Beach, we used Brodart to outsource acquisition of the Central Library
opening day collection, its storage prior to opening, and processing. Both
library systems had centralized collection development offices which I also
approve of. The CD people monitor the outsourcing contracts to make sure
that the vendors are in compliance, something which certainly did not
happen in Hawaii.

At the YALSA preconference in SF, it was pointed out that one had 8 weeks, if
lucky, to get a book actually in Baker and Taylor's inventory. Given this
reality, I think we can no longer support many of our turgid
decision-making processes, which is why I like centralized collection
development. They can move fast when need be and keep up with all the
announcements. The reviewing media is much too slow. I also think that
youth librarians should spend more time knowing what they have than reading
books for internal review that they reject and never have. The old
process of training new youth librarians through selection doesn't work any
more if you want to get books ordered while they are in stock.

Hope this helps,

Mary K.

Mary K. Chelton
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Management
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801
phone: (316) 341-5071 work
e-mail: cheltonm@esumail.emporia.edu (work)
mchelton@cadvantage.com (home)


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:54:34 1997
From: jstowe@familyeducation.com (Jennifer Stowe)
Subject: looking for online discussion leaders

The Family Education Network is looking for volunteer discussion
leaders to moderate an online discussion group of parents talking about
books for children and young adults and reading to their children. We
are looking for people enthusiastic about children's and/or young adult
literature and about helping parents. In exchange, we can offer free
internet access, up to $250 for a year.

If you are interested, please visit the Virtual Reading Room at
and the Online Leader Application at

Thank you.
Jennifer Stowe
Research Editor
617-542-6500 x1614


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:54:36 1997
From: gracer@sfpl.lib.ca.us
Subject: Re: Asian language translations

Maya--You might check the list of Batchelder Award winners. The current
one whose name escapes me at the moment is from Japan. Grace Ruth
San Francisco Public


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:54:52 1997
From: Julie Ann Rines <jrines@ocln.org>
Subject: blue jeans magazine

Does anyone get blue jeans magazine? I saw it in the LJ magazine listing.
I am wondering if it is any good and if it is popular with YAs.
Personally, I like the idea of a magazine for teenage girls with a focus
on something other than fashion and flirting articles.
Julie Rines
Thomas Crane Public Library
Quincy, MA


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:55:05 1997
From: "Phebus, Ruth" <Ruth.Phebus@ci.sj.ca.us>
ubject: Survey; Summer Reading Club

Please excuse if this subject has been discussed in the archives. We are
working to obtain access to the archives in future.

San Jose Public Library (San Jose, California) is looking for ideas on
evaluating and improving our Summer reading Program. We need to look at
benchmarks around the nation. Could you answer a couple quick questions?
Thanks in advance! We will post the results. Good estimates are welcome.

>What is the name/location of your library?
>What is the number of participants for your program this year?
>What is the number of participants expected to complete the program this
>How big is the population you serve?
>Has the Summer Reading Program grown over the last 3 years? %?
>What is the age range you accept in the program?
>What type of paperwork do you use to verify "belonging" to the program?
>How long does your program last?
>How many books do participants have to read?
>Do you allow them to read other than books in this program? What?
>What prizes do you offer to those completing the program?
>Do you offer a weekly prize?
>How many programs do you offer during Summer Reading?
>Does your materials circulation climb considerably due to Summer Readers?
>Does your attendance to programs climb considerably due to Summer Readers?

Deadline for reply is July 30, 1997.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help us identify success! : )
Ruth Phebus
Children's Librarian


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:55:21 1997
From: cathy ryne <cryne@sierramadre.lib.ca.us>
ubject: YA BOOK CLUB

I am a Children's/YA librarian at a public library. We are interested in
starting a afterschool YA book Club. I need to write a budget for the
Friends and am unsure of how much to ask for. Do any of you have such a
program in your library - if so: what has the cost been and how exactly have
you planned this program. I would really appreciate your input.

For the first time we have offered a YA summer reading program complete with
Tuesday evenings campfires up in the mountains. This has been a wonderful
success. While waiting for everyone to show up one Tuesday night, the boys
and girls started comparing the books they had been reading. They got into
an animated discussion. I asked if they would like to help form a book club
and the library and the response was very positive. Therefore.....HELP!!

Thank you!
Cathy Ryne
Sierra Madre Public Library


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:55:28 1997
From: Diane Williams <dianew@lyon.york.lib.sc.us>
Subject: Customer Service-Mission & Philosophy

Dear PUBYACers,
As a team member of staff development & training, our public library
is currently working on a mission statement & philosophy for customer
services. We have been researching the literature, etc., and would like
to see other samples that address this very important issue.If anyone has
a sample that they are willing to share, we would GREATLY appreciate
it.Information may be forwarded to Diane Williams via:
Fax: (803) 328-9290
e-mail: dianew@lyon.york.lib.sc.us

Thanks in advance for all the wonderful help on this listserv!


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:55:39 1997
From: jaker@japl.lib.in.us (Julia Aker)
ubject: Traveling planetarium

Is anyone familiar with a program that brings an inflatable planetarium to
your location to set up in the parking lot? One of our assistants thinks
she saw an announcement for the program in the Louisville, KY paper some
years ago. The program was in a Kentucky or Indiana library.

Julia Aker
Children's Librarian/Interim Director 812-522-3412-voice
Jackson Coutny Public Library 812-522-5456-fax
303 W. Second St. e-mail:
Seymour, IN 47274-2147


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:56:05 1997
From: RACHAEL GREEN <G_3GREEN@venus.twu.edu>
ubject: Ill-ing "Pornography"

Please help

I am working on a project regarding collection development/ILL/access and
pornography. I need to find out how many libraries show in OCLC that they own
magazines such as Penthouse, Hustler, Playboy, Playgirl, and other similar

*How many ILL requests (if any) does your library receive for such material?

*Will your library respond to these requests?

I am especially interested in public library responses but would appreciate any
library response.

Please respond to me personally at:


Thank you

Rachael Green
Graduate ASsistant
School of Library and Information Studies
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:56:14 1997
From: "Christel J. Olson" <christel@lib.state.hi.us>
Subject: Increasing Circulation of children's books - what works?

I am interested in gathering ideas for increasing circulation in the
Children's section (I'm the Children's librarian). Please send your
ideas! Here is what has worked so far...

I have a few shelves that are labelled "second and third grade books."
This shelf includes titles like Berenstain Bear Chapter Books, Cam
Jansen, lots of books by Patricia Reilly Giff, etc.

The shelves also include a lot of Juvenile Fiction which has the format of
picture books (i.e. Dorrie, Van Allsburg) which rarely circulates shelved in
with the chapter books.

I got the idea of doing this because a)the picture-book looking Juvy
Fiction had abysmal circulation, and b)during Summer Reading we receive
*lots* of questions like "where are the second grade books?"

Anyway, I just now went to weed the second/third grade shelves and was
astounded at the circulation! Some of these books are really
unattractive - black and white pictures, outmoded clothes, etc.

Here are the before and after circ.s for one very physically unappealing
book (The Wild Birthday Cake/Davis):

Pre-Summer 1996: 7 circs (we acquired book in 1984, so 7 circs in 12 years)
Summer 96-Summer 97: 12 circs (12 circs in one year!)

(Summer 96 was when I established the shelf)

(I've applied this principle to two other under-circulating areas in my
library: poetry and folktales. Patrons love both genres but because
they are shelved in the non-fiction browsers miss them).

Christel Olson
Children's Librarian
McCully-Moiliili Public Library
Honolulu, HI


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:56:32 1997
From: Joel Rane <jsmog@earthlink.net>
ubject: Weird SF stumper...

I'll just thank you in advance...from what I've seen you PUBYACers are
great at making small potatoes of tough questions. We've tried this one on
many resources to no avail...

A patron is looking for a children's SF book. They remember very little of
the plot, except that it had something to do with an unmanned spacecraft
from Earth crashing into a planet, and nothing surviving but a television.
When people finally arrive later, all the inhabitants of the planet are
apparently aping (rather mindlessly) what they've seen on the TV. Do you
know this book (and a better desc. of the plot?) Thanks again!
Joel J. Rane, Children's Librarian
Exposition Park Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch
Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California
"When the train left the station, it had two lights on behind,
the blue one was my baby, and the red one was my mind." -- The Stones


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Fri Jul 18 01:56:38 1997
From: Port Washington Public Library <pwlchild@lilrc.org>
Subject: Stumper

Hi everyone!
I'm looking for books for a patron to use to explain to her 8-year-old
son about someone missing an arm. This is what we have found so far:
Caseley: Harry & Willy & Carrothead (deals with a prosthesis)
Kaufman: Rajesh (artifical leg)
Stein: About Handicaps (someone with one arm)
Wolf: Don't Feel Sorry For Paul (born with incompletely formed hands & feet)

Any other titles would be appreciated.


Rachel Fox
Port Washington Public Library
Port Washington, NY