What’s HOT: Top 10 Most Anticipated Titles According to our Patrons

Interested in a specific title?┬áVisit our online catalog to search the library’s entire collection! Click here to go to the library’s catalog. 10.) Order to Kill by Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But in this follow-up to #1 New York Times bestselling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads […]

Hall of Mammals at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Click thumbnails to see larger image -contributed by staffer Shannon Wertzberger

Interesting National Library

I saw this on the way back from the Cherry Blossom Festival and thought, “How appropriate!” This is now my favorite offering by the National Park Service! < Samples of the Tulip Library:

Impressions from CIL 2009

Well, I haven’t been on blogging this conference as much as last year’s, the main reason being that there is no time during the day and at night the Wi-Fi is bogged down horribly. My main complaint from last year seems to have been addressed, (yeay user surveys!) that the descriptions for some programs were […]

Publisher ad placements

[forgive the bad camera work. This was taken while I was standing in a jolting Metro car with a cell phone camera!] So, I’m back down here in Crystal City for the Computers In Libraries Conference (cherry blossom time again!) and I was on the Metro on the way to the hotel when I noticed […]

Back to DC then back again!

I’m back in Avalon now from another trip to DC–I’m starting to feel like it’s my second home! The Innovative Users Group [Innovative is our library system] conference was held in the East for once so I felt I really had to go. I won’t bore you with all kinds of details (like with the […]

Cafe Italia, Crystal City, VA

Just a quick post. Ate at a homey little Italian place on 23rd St. here tonight. It’s good, inexpensive Italian food in a quaint setting. You know, low lighting, the red and white checkered tablecloths, the stained glass hanging lamps and the lattice separating the dining areas. Good food and cheered me up after a […]

Day 3, Future of Open Source

Today was the last day, and things were left sort of open-ended in the final track that I attended (Future of Open Source). Clearly what has emerged between yesterday’s sessions and today’s is that we are desperately in need of next generation library systems, both front-end and back-end (the catalog and the ILS). However, the […]

Day 2, Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA

This day was rather disappointing. The track I focused on today was on web catalogs, and the only thing that came out of any of the sessions was that no one is doing it quite right, not vendors, and not libraries. It was pointed out how weak the library catalog is compared to search engines […]

Day 1, Computers in Libraries, Crystal City, VA

Today was a busy and interesting day at the conference, focusing on community and patron participation on the Web. Four sessions, two of which were very informative and useful, two of which were not. It was an all-day gig, except for a quick run over to the mall at Pentagon City to get lunch at […]