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Julie Hagan EDUT 6115 Library Journal Dr. Riggsby Summer 2008 Columbus Public Library June 26, 2008 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Columbus Public Library opened in January of 2005 in its present location at 3000 Macon Road in Columbus, GA. The 105,000 square foot building cost approximately 20 million dollars to build, and was underwritten mainly by local SPLOST funding. The city branch libraries include: the Columbus Public Library, North Columbus Library, South Columbus Library, and the Mildred Terry Library. They are governed by a semi- autonomous board of trustees within the Muscogee County School District. The county branch libraries are part of the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System. These include the Chattahoochee County Library in Cusseta, Lumpkin Public Library, Marion County Public Library, Parks Memorial Library, the Quitman County Public Library, and the bookmobile. Stephen Pharis, the Head Reference Librarian, gave an extensive tour of the facility. Mr. Pharis earned his Masters of Library Science degree from Florida State University after retiring from the army in 1992. He came to work at the Columbus Library when the new facility opened in 2005. There are three levels of staff employed by the library. Librarians must hold a MLS degree. Library Associates must have an undergraduate degree, and Library Assistants must have a high school diploma or GED. These employees are given opportunities for training through SOLINET, a regional library training organization. Librarians must obtain 5 hours of continuing education credits each year to renew their license in the state of Georgia. There are 19 MLS librarians in the Columbus Library System, which includes the county libraries. Upon entering the library, the lobby is the location for the service desk, 5 computers for self check- out, and a new automated self check-in computer. The first floor houses the Popular Materials Room, which houses bestsellers, popular fiction and non-fiction titles, CD’s and DVD’s along with listening stations, and even a coffee/snack shop called the Bookmark Café. Computers are found here for public use up to 3 hours per day per person. The Teen Room is located adjacent to this room, with fiction-only titles and 10 computers placed on tables built to look like surf boards. The AFLAC Children’s Room is a child’s paradise, complete with computer stations only for kids under age 10, some of which are loaded only with educational software. The first floor also houses a 120 seat auditorium, which is used for movie showings for children as well as adults. There are several public meeting rooms, equipped with the latest technology, such as projectors, microphones and computer connections. On the second floor, you will find the Fiction and Non-Fiction Collections, the Periodical Room, Grand Reading Room, Genealogy/Local History Room, Reference Room, Print/Copy Room and several Study Rooms. The third floor houses the administrative offices, including the Program Director’s office. Weeding is done throughout the year by each librarian based on a book’s condition, age, and number of copies in the collection. There is a centralized Collection Development Officer who sends out monthly letters to those librarians whose section is to be weeded. Items chosen for removal are sent to the Technical Services department to determine whether the item should be donated, thrown away, etc. There have been a few challenges to books contained in the Children’s area, and the items were moved to the adult area as a result. The Friends of the Library is an important asset to the mission of the library. The Friends of the Library Bookstore raises funds that flows right back into the library. Books that have been weeded are often given to the bookstore to be sold to the public. The Library Foundation also raises money to be used for updates and events. Technology is implemented in almost every aspect of the library. There are computer stations on each floor, as well as wireless internet access throughout the library. There is a classroom complete with 10 computers that can be utilized by school teachers for their classes as well. Computer catalog systems are located throughout the stacks of the collection. The Children’s Room implements several themes and activities to promote multicultural issues and events. A Smithsonian Exhibit is scheduled to arrive this Fall. Trends being addressed are mainly in the area of technology. There is more usage of technology than ever before, and the librarians provide more computer troubleshooting than research assistance. Databases are being added to meet the needs of students wanting to research on-line, instead of utilizing the reference section of the library. This will lead to further discussion of what to do with hard copy reference materials that are no longer being circulated. Harris County Public Library June 24, 2008 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Harris County Library is part of the Troup-Harris-Coweta Regional Library System. The approximately 5,000 square foot building opened in 1992 and houses roughly 22,000 volumes. The previous location was open for 10 years. A branch library was placed in Fortson, GA in the old Mountain Hill Schoolhouse, which houses roughly 6,000 volumes. The Harris County Library is small in size, but busy in patrons and circulation. The library joined the PINES network last August, which connects them to 95% of the libraries in the state. Mrs. Debbie Merino, the County Library Manager, has been working at the library for the past 13 years. She began a masters program at the State University of West Georgia, but quit to take a job as the Assistant Library Manager for Harris County. After 10 years in that position, she became the County Library Manager. Neither she nor the assistant library director are certified media specialists or hold masters degrees. The library employs 2 full time and 3 part- time staff, with the addition of 2 new part-time employees in August. Specific duties of the librarians include ordering books, supervising personnel and volunteers, weeding the collection, meeting with the library board four times a year, planning children and adults’ programming, working the circulation desk, and assisting with reference tasks. Mrs. Merino feels that a good librarian should also be a reader with a solid knowledge base in order to help recommend books to visitors. She also feels that a knowledge of computers helps in being able to assist visitors with the technology available. Technology is a large part of the library’s operation. There are 21 computers for public use in the main library and 6 in the Mountain Hill branch. Two of the computers are for the online public access catalog, OPAC. All of the computers in the library were awarded by the Bill Gates Foundation. The layout of the library includes Fiction and Non-fiction sections, Children’s section, Local History room, and a Media section which houses CD/DVD’s and audio books. The Harris County Library works with several social organizations as part of its mission. The Friends of the Library help to raise funds for needed supplies, books, etc. There is a plan in the works now to build a new 15,000 square foot building to relieve the overcrowding problem in the library. The county commissioners have approved a SPLOST tax in the amount of 1.5 million dollars to help with the building costs. Unfortunately, the proposal was for 2.8 million, so the small library will now have to raise more than a million dollars on its own for the building to be constructed. The library is also in the process of working with the Ferst Foundation to provide all children in the county under 5 years of age with free, hardback books to encourage literacy. There are approximately 500 children already registered and receiving books. The books arrive each month until the child’s 5th birthday. The cost of this program is $36.00 a year for one child, and the library is currently seeking individuals and groups to help with the cost. The library also hosts children’s story hour during the school year, and summer programs on Friday mornings when school is out. Weeding the collection is done a various times throughout the year, and is based on age of a book (particularly non-fiction) as well as circulation. The reference section of the library is very out of date, but almost unused now due to the prevalence of the internet. The library holds book sales and giveaways throughout the year as well to weed the collection. Censorship is not really an issue in this library, but the librarians tend to stay away from things that might not fit into the community. There have been objections to books twice in the 13 years that Mrs. Merino has been with the library. Patron requests determine the majority of the selections, along with reviews in Library Journal and online booksellers. The librarians will also visit Barnes and Noble bookstores to see what is popular. The Harris County Public Library is doing a wonderful job of offering a program of library service to all residents of Harris County. Northside High School Media Center July 8, 2008 8:30 – 11:30 AM Northside High School opened in 2002 on American Way off of Veteran’s Parkway in Columbus, GA. Connie Ussery, one of the Media Specialists, welcomed us warmly to her library. Summer school is in session, so the library was crowded with students using the computers and checking out books. Mrs. Ussery is a certified teacher and spent 17 years as an English teacher at Hardaway High School in Columbus. She received her MLS degree from West Georgia and became the Media Specialist at Midland Middle school, leaving in 2002 to open Northside’s library. Mrs. Ussery also holds several positions within the school system. She serves as the Partners in Education chairman, serves on the School Council, and is chairman of the SACS School Improvement Plan Committee. She is also a National Board Certified Media Specialist. The library is set up to serve all students and teachers of Northside High School. The librarians have flexible scheduling, which allows them the freedom to plan activities and duties according to their need. There are approximately 16,000 titles in the library. The library is staffed with two full time media specialists. There is no clerk at present due to budget concerns, but duties are carried out by both student and parent volunteers. There are even special education students who work in the library, making them feel part of the “team.” Duties of the media specialists include administrative tasks, book check-in and check-out with Destiny software, being the contact person for all technology concerns, helping teachers with software and grant writing, as well as collaborating with teachers to assist them with their lessons. Mrs. Ussery stressed the importance of being out and available in the hallways, letting teachers know that the media specialist welcomes them and is there to help them. She said that she has the best job in the school. Although the school is only 6 years old, there are some out of date materials, especially in the Technology and Ethics sections. Weeding is done primarily due to damaged books, and is offered to teachers first, and then donated to organizations such as Altrusa. Books can also be repaired several times before being taken off the shelf. Follett also allows damaged books to be returned and replaced at no cost. Technology is a large part of the library. The library opened with 16 computers, and now houses 40. There is a stationary laptop lab for student use, and the library will be acquiring 40 laptops and 32 desktops this year. The Student Tech Team helps to check items in and out, as well as troubleshooting help for students and teachers. The school production lab is used to assist in test preparation, and a Smartboard and projector are scheduled to be installed this year for orientation sessions. Staffing is allocated to meet the mission of the school by the administrators. The part- time clerk position was eliminated several years ago due to budget cuts, so those duties are taken on by the media specialists and various volunteers. The library is the host for several social events and organizations. Baby showers for faculty are held there, as well as the annual National Honor Society reception. Football scholarship signings are also held in the library. Barnes and Noble book sales help to raise money for the library, as well as money from Coke and candy machine sales. Challenged books are put in a process that includes a committee, but also can be pulled by the principal. The media committee, made of students, teachers, and parents, serves to oversee any challenges. Multicultural issues are incorporated into every orientation session led by the media specialists. There are more books on Hispanic and Latino subjects being ordered now due to the increase in the student population. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Northside media center. Mrs. Ussery’s excitement for her job and for our visit made a huge impact. The school is extremely fortunate to have her in their library. Simon Schwab Memorial Library Columbus State University June 18, 2008 2:00 – 4:30 PM The library at Columbus College opened in 1958 in one room in the old Shannon Hosiery Mill, and was run by the first librarian, Matilda Martin. The college relocated in 1963, and the library moved to what is currently Woodall Hall. In 1975, the library moved into a new facility and was named the Simon Schwab Memorial Library. The current building is four stories tall and holds over 350,000 volumes and a staff of 26 full time employees. The first branch library, the Music Library, opened in 2001 in the downtown River Center. The library now strives to be a “teaching library,” whose employees work with faculty and students to become a primary information resource. Michelle Jones is the Interlibrary Loan Librarian as well as an Assistant Professor of Library Science. She serves as liaison to the College of Education and is the current editor of the Simon Says Newsletter, a publication of the Schwob Library. Her duties include: teaching LIBR 1105 each spring semester, coordinating/overseeing Interlibrary loans, planning technology upgrades, and keeping up with subject resource guides. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from Clark Atlanta University. The library uses the Library of Congress cataloging system for its collection. The circulating collection is housed on the second and third floors, divided into groups A-L and N-Z. The third floor also houses the Archives, and the Main Floor houses a computer lab, Periodicals, Reference, and Government Documents. There are study rooms and carrels throughout the library, and there is a classroom located on the third floor, where our visit began. The basement is the home of the Instructional Technology Services department. Some of the services offered by the library are: wireless internet access, photocopiers, computers for Non-CSU students, scanners, CD burner, presentation practice area, Optelec (visual enhancer), ADA software, and Microform Reader/printers. Each librarian is responsible for weeding in his or her area. Shelves are scanned for age and appearance, and new items are searched to replace old editions. Sections are scheduled for weeding at a specific time of the year; the reference section is currently being weeded. Budget issues are the determining factor at present for weeding the collection. Serials (print journals) must be reduced by 50% in order to purchase more internet databases. Ms. Jones has already cut $12,000 from the Counseling, Physical Education and General Education budgets in order to achieve this. Once a book has been pulled for weeding, there is a set amount of time that another librarian may challenge the removal. It must be put back on the shelf if the challenge is upheld. Censorship is not an issue for Ms. Jones due to the fact that she is expected to order everything that relates to education. The faculty presents a Banned Book Week each year, when books that have been challenged nationwide are displayed. Social organizations upheld by the library are the Friends of the Library. These patrons/donors can partake of the library services for a small fee. There is also an annual book sale for the public during National Library Week in April. Technology is an integral part of the library. Databases and e books are available, as well as flat screen computers for students and non-CSU patrons. The library is also accessible by wireless internet users. The library has undergone many beautification projects in the recent years. New carpet was installed throughout the library, as well as lighting installed in the reference and ILL areas. More color was added throughout, along with beanbag chairs and card catalog art located on the first floor. A sliding door was installed to make entering and exiting easier, especially for handicapped patrons. All of these elements make the Schwab library quite an asset for Columbus State University.
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