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The Case for the Vertical File

Are you getting requests for juvy or YA material on “Day of the Dead”? There aren’t many books on this Mexican holiday and teachers don’t want material from the internet. What to do?

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Public Scanners

I’m often asked by library patrons if we have a scanner for public use.  

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I AM NOT A SHEEP

Our “adversarial system” of litigation does not work.   The chief function of the system is to enrich the lawyer industry – not to achieve justice among ordinary citizens. So, of course, when I was summoned for jury duty in … Continue reading

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California Traffic Camera Tickets: Robotic Law Enforcement

Below is part of a “Trial by Declaration” response to a California robot camera ticket.    This was successful.  But it took a year before I got my bail money returned.

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1993 Tardiness Grievance

From the Memoirs of a Public Librarian . . . In 1993 – at Exposition Park branch (LAPL) and at other branches – one of our work shifts was “11:30 am until 8:00 pm”. The LAPL Library Manual, however, recognizes what  my … Continue reading

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Captainbiblio’s Webmaster Workshop

  Click on image above.  After clicking on a course, log in as a “guest” to view course content.

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Agency fee.

A strong union is important for public librarians. We are on the cutting edge of an amazing information revolution. Our job description has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. We must now be fluent with new tools of technology … Continue reading

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Usury Laws

According to an excellent article in Harper’s Magazine (April 2009) – Infinite Debt by Thomas Geoghegan – the key to the 2008 financial meltdown and economic crisis can be summed up in one word: USURY. Most analyses of the economic crisis … Continue reading

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ITC v. LAPL Librarians: Is the tail wagging the dog?

To what extent are the traditional responsibilities of the professional librarian being swallowed up by the new technology? This question comes up due to the policy at LAPL whereby librarians are prohibited by ITC from downloading any programs to the … Continue reading

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Doctor’s Note Conundrum

Early this month I needed to use sick time for nearly a week due to symptoms of the common cold. I was told on the phone that a Doctor’s note is required by LAPL in order to return to work … Continue reading

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