Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nevada Library Association Conference, Elko 2009


I went to present results from my sabbatical research, unfortunately I only presented to seven people and garnered a big conference planning tip: DO NOT offset workshops.

It went like this:

1:30 - 2:30 Session 1, Session 2, Session 3
1:30 - 3:00 Session 4
1:30 - 4:30 session 5 (a business meeting)

2:30 - 3:45 Session 6
2:45 - 3:45 Session 7
3:15 - 4:30 Session 8
3:15 - 4:30 Session 9

Now you figure out what you'll go to? NOT a good way to maximize attendance, particularly with that big ol business meeting happening. What's particularly funny is that the sessions on Day 1 were synchronized and well planned. I couldn't really believe what was happening. I've never presented to fewer than a couple dozen in years. I get good reviews/evaluations, and this was really surprising. Ah well, at least I tried. The eight of us actually did have a nice session together.

Two great things about this conference. The first was the keynote speaker Nick Arnette, comedian and educator. He spoke about bringing fun into the workplace.

The other fabulous thing was Lamoille Canyon. See more pictures at:

Monday, September 21, 2009

PNLA, Missoula 2009

Favorite Sessions:

Flickr & Digital Image Collections @ Your Library – Jason Clark & Bonnie McCallum, Montana State University:

A terrific session, it covered why they chose Flickr, how they did it, and why it works. I learned a LOT and now need to update my own photos to include geotagging, better descriptions; internal links back to collections/sets, links out to my own pages, and improving search engine indexing. I had no idea that Flickr had statistics for my account. This was probably the most informative/useful session I attended.

Free Yourself from Copyright and Get Creative with Creative Commons – Connie Strittmatter and Rene Tanner, Montana State University

This was another solid session. It included information on what Creative Commons is, is not, and how it works. They showed the youtube video: and I highly recommend it. Other useful links include:, and

My one indulgence was dinner at Ciao Mambo, an AMAZING Italian Restaurant on Higgins Ave. in Missoula. I totally recommend the Quattro Formaggio Ravioli and the Zeppolis (bite sized pizza dough, deep fried like donuts, dusted with powdered sugar and served with dipping sauce…)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bozeman Public Library - Community Room

Complete with drop down screen, white board, kitchenette, and piano

Community Room

Community Room

Community Room

Community Room

Bozeman Public Library - Baskets

An easy way to collect a pile of books for checkout:

Bozeman Public Library - Donor Wall

Signage honoring donors
Donor Recognition

Bozeman Public Library - Magazine Exchange

This is a marvelous idea! The bins are available for people to put magazines they don't want and for others to come by and pick them up, all for free.
Magazine Swap

Bozeman Public Library - Entrance to Children's Library

The entrance to the children's section of the library:
Kids area entrance

Bozeman Public Library - Cell Phone Signage

This is a terrific sign, helpful and positive it still gets the message across.
Signage for cell phones

Bozeman Public Library - Media Stations

Nice set up for viewing media:
Media stations

Media stations

Bozeman Public Library - Chairs

Comfy chairs with a great view:
Still more seating

Bozeman Public Library - Cell Phone Recycling

A great service to provide to the community:
Cell phone recycle bin

Bozeman Public Library - Cell Phone Recycling

A great service to provide to the community:
Cell phone recycle bin

Bozeman Public Library - Signage

Changeable signage
Great way to notify patrons of current activities, easily changed or modified.

Bozeman Public Library - Entryway Sculpture

Lovely statue in the front entry:
Art in entrance

Bozeman Public Library - Sustainable Design

Energy efficient building

Constructed to LEED standards this sign in the library explains how. Clicking on the picture will take you to the option of viewing the larger size.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

University of Arizona - Tucson: Signage

This size of this library creates the need for this kind of signage. Click on the image to get to the other sizes on my Flickr account.
call number guide

University of Arizona - Tucson: Info Commons

The outter edge of the enormous information commons area
uofa commons1

Media area of the info commons
uofa commons2

Other edge of the info commons
uofa commons4

University of Arizona - Tucson: Honoring Donors

Donor honor wall...
money tree1

University of Arizona - Tucson: Signage

It's easy to find a book at the library, just request it and it's put on the hold shelf for you.

University of Arizona - Tucson: Signage

entry sign

This is a terrific sign in that the messages are exceedingly clear.

University of Arizona - Tucson

The entrance to the Library, off to the right under the eaves is the coffee shop.

to library

From the library, looking back to the coffee shop.

uofa main04

The weather in March was fantastic! The open air seating under the eaves provides protection from the sun.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tucson Public Library

tp ref reserved

Some signage speaks for itself.

Tucson Public Library

tp signage

Click on photo to go to the larger size on Flickr

This was a great sign for publicizing branch libraries!

Tucson Public Library

tp recongintion

Donor wall, honorarium, thank you ...

Tucson Public Library

tp kids5

Child size baskets for books.

tp kids3

Flags for signage

Tucson Public Library

tp circ

Self check with a rack that holds grocery bags for patrons to use to carry books.

Arizona State University - Tempe

hayden entry

Entry to the Hayden library, deserted for spring break.

Arizona State University - Tempe


Excellent signage!! I think students really get the idea of the stoplight.

Arizona State University - Tempe

Atrium at the Nobel Science Library

Arizona State University - Tempe

instruction lab04
Instruction lab configured into pods or groups to facilitate groupwork. Lots of space around pods so that librarians can navigate between with ease.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Phoenix Public Library

Movable computer work cart:
moveable workcart

Phoenix Public Library

Check out how these stacks have the lighting attached.
shelv w lights

Phoenix Public Library

Government Document Kiosk
gov doc kiosk

Phoenix Public Library - Teen Space

The cafe area:

The Lounging area:

Public help handouts:

Clark County Public Library - Nevada

Large laminated map of vicinity...

nevada map

Clark County Public Library - Nevada

Table with built in study light.
study desk

Clark County Public Library - Nevada

Another instance of segregating and labeling reference books onto tables.

subject ref2

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Originally uploaded by J Semenza

Do and Don't signage outside of library. To see the verbiage go to my original photo on flickr at:

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

inside a carrel
Originally uploaded by J Semenza
Outlets mounted on the inside of a library carrel.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Originally uploaded by J Semenza
Scanner in the info commons area.