Category Archives: Memoirs of a Public Librarian

An Intriguing Reference Question

I was subbing at Durant Branch in late 2014. A patron who spoke Russian (but very little English) approached the reference desk together with a staff member who translated for him. The patron was a mathematician who wanted to know … Continue reading

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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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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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Expo Computer Classes 2001 – 2002

Below are some photos from my computer classes at Exposition Park Regional Branch, LAPL, 2001-2002.   These were taken in the library meeting room with a very early digital camera, which accounts for the poor quality.

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InfoPeople

Infopeople is a federally-funded grant project administered by the California State Library.  Its original purpose was to provide public access to, and awareness of, the Internet in public libraries throughout California. (Today its mission has changed to provide a variety of different … Continue reading

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1991 Librarians Guild election

After surviving heroic attempts to silence me (and, even more serious, to have me fired) by Librarians Guild union bosses (who were also workplace supervisors)  I was finally transferred from Inner City Bookmobile to Exposition Park Regional Branch in early 1991.  Now, … Continue reading

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Photos from Inner City Bookmobile

The following are some photos from the mid-1980’s of Inner City Bookmobile Unit events:

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