Perhaps the library could get itself a simple, informal weblog? where the natural thing to post on, if you're closing early, is that you're closing early? It's a good way to make very clear what's new news and what information is more static.
So I visited some library-themed weblogs to get/give an idea of the possibilities.
Sample library weblogs:
- Springfield Technical Community College Library; includes a link to their Amazon wishlist
- Marin County Free Library
- Rio Hondo College Library
- Green Hills Public Library, striking a less formal, more youthful tone
And there's a plethora of librarians' weblogs out there. Most prominent is the Shifted Librarian; Ex Libris has a page of Quotes, among them these:
From Teresa Nielsen Hayden:Also these pearls:What’s in old libraries*? You don’t know until you find it. But in order for that to happen, you have to preserve the old holdings and original documents...* occasionally, old smallpox scabs
From Carol Megathlin:The quality and self-respect of a people can be gauged -- not exclusively, but succinctly -- in their libraries. The open door of a library says we are ignorant without excuse. The boarded-up door says we are simply ignorant.
The Expert User Is Dead (via) :
We should design our websites, out databases, our webguides, our instruction, our reference interviews for who our users are, not who we would like them to be.Update: here's a news article on
We don't read pages, we scan them. We don't make optimal choices, we satisfice. We don't figure out how things work, we muddle through."
When users come to a library page, or to one of our database pages, they don't suddenly shed these characteristics...
Finally, some legal advice on making agreements with Sauron.