Sunday, July 19, 2015

Red Lodge MT: Public Library

The public library at Red Lodge Montana is wonderful. IMG_2289 Their Seuss based signage is creative. IMG_2283 And I love their implementation of the Blind Date with a Book. IMG_2282 IMG_2287

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Donation Box: Natural History Museum Utah

Clever, clever, clever! Put money in dinosaurs mouth and it is added to the collection box. Irresistible to children of every age. IMG_1276

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stephen F. Austin University: Library

Oh this library has some of the friendliest people working there.
Very cool art piece created from book jacket spines. DSC08465
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Nice donor floor DSC08490

Thursday, May 09, 2013

A Radical Idea...

I was listening to a presentation by a vendor about some new product.  Yada yada yada buy this, isn't it great yada yada.  And the reality is, I'd love to have that product in our library.  BUT our budget is so tight we cannot buy anything that has a recurring expense.  So my head hurts and I'm a little distracted so I'm not really paying that much attention.  I'm pondering the dilemma so many of us face. I have one time money in this years budget that I'll be spending but I can't spend it on recurring expenses...

LIGHTBULB*!


I then asked.  Why can't you give us a contract/license for the product for five years and charge us up front at a discount for the entire five years.  This would allow us to use one time money for something we want. It pays them for something we would not otherwise purchase.  Seems like a win win.  

Needless to say the salesperson was a bit taken aback.  Two weeks later we hear back that they're willing to do a two year contract and are still discussing five and are not ready yet to give us a quote.

I think this is an idea that is going to really work.  It's time for a new model of purchasing.  I know that in five years I may or may not be able to continue the product but with the way the information landscape changes I probably won't need it, or will have the money to continue it.  Hard to say right now, but I'd have that amazing new resource now and for five years...

Since this initial contact I've asked another vendor for a five year license and quote...  I'll let you know if it works out.  Keep your fingers crossed.

-- Jenny

*I tried to find the owner of this image or at least an original location. Sadly I have not yet found it or I would be attributing the source.  If anyone does know who took this amazing photo, please let me know.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

North Idaho College Library


This small library has a lot to offer any student including an enthusiastic and capable staff.  I LOVE the gargoyles on the stacks.  These gargoyles are part of an art course assignment and change on a regular basis.  To see more of the library visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsemenza/sets/72157625494344690/ 

(visited September 2010)

Catching Up

First I fell and destroyed my ankle.  Two surgeries and several months of not putting any weight on it then physical therapy and I am doing much, MUCH better.  Then my marriage exploded.  :( It's been difficult.   However during all of this I continued to look for innovation and once I was mobile again (look for the cane in the photos from 2011) I started taking photos and visiting libraries.  There is so much I want to write so stay tuned.