Enhancement of the Library Literacy Services

Uncategorized | Monday March 20 2017 1:58 am | Comments (0)

Goals: Basic computer skills will enhance Library Literacy Services and the adult learner

Literacy skills – vehicle to become proficient in English and mathematics
             Duo program – operate on a greater platform within society; Computer skills – fundamental assets

Community: Purpose: Continue to  assist the adult learner with goals of reading and writing
                     IT skills enhance their ability to become successful parents, workers, and life-long learners

Action Brief StatementConvince:  California State Librarian, Government, Legislature
                                       That by:  Initiating test pilot computer literacy program
                   They:  Will further reduce illiteracy  by providing basic information technology (IT)

        Which will: Provide greater participation and collaboration in society
                    Because:  IT has become a fundamental functionality  within society


Hyperlinked Environment

Uncategorized | Monday March 13 2017 1:42 am | Comments (1)

In the light of WikiLeaks, NSA Contractor Edward Snowden, Apple verses the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco maybe the epitome of how the digital revolution has morphed into an electronic commodity. Not only has this feudalism found a prominent stage within the political arena, but is has also encroached upon our personal information and privacy. Not that long ago a sealed letter or a personal telephone call was considered as protected communication. Unfortunately, those days are over and we can no longer rely on past practices with absolute confidence. Live chat, email, social media, texting, webcam, iPhones, iPads and other forms of technology, has made life easier to propagate information and exchange ideas. Although, advanced mediums have significantly transformed our world, how secure are they when transmitting private or confidential information?

Professor John Dewey at the Michigan State University addresses in his brief Technology Invading Privacy, “Americans privacy has been repeatedly breached. From corporations to governments, to anyone with an internet connection, no personal information is safe.”   According to Dewey, “the Government uses the National Security Surveillance Act (NSSA) to wiretap cell phone conversations on innocent citizens.” An interesting decision this topic occurred in 2015, when a federal appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) could no longer collect information from American citizen’s phone records. (more…)

Participatory Service & Transparency

Uncategorized | Monday February 27 2017 4:01 am | Comments (1)

The California State Library (CSL) is located in Sacramento, California and it is adjacent to the State Capitol. We have two buildings to  meet the needs of  our patrons and they are the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building (left) and the State Library Annex  (right) . The primary objective of the CSL is to provide reference and research services to the state government and Legislature.    CSL collects, preserves, generates a significant amount of information, materials, and collections.  The mission of CSL is to serve as the state’s information hub, preserving California’s cultural heritage, connecting with people, libraries and government to the resources and tools they need to build a strong California.

Although CSL’s primary responsibility is that of reference and research, we are highly involved in connecting with people, and engaging in participatory service within the community.  Inviting open dialogue and  transparency of our mission is a significant priority to the state Librarian and staff. We have numerous platforms that are used to connect with people.  Annually, we exhibit  selected collections at the Sacramento State Fair, quarterly host A Night at the State Library, celebrate Juneteenth, and  Museum Day to disseminate information and display materials.  For example, we recently hosted our annual Museum Day.    Museum Day allows us to showcase collections, artifacts, and library services to the public.   Our special exhibits included a  3-d show and story reading  time for  children.  The children also had an opportunity to meet and read to our new mascot Browser.  The Braille and Talking Book Library  (BTBL) has a tremendous impact and presence among  our deaf and blind population.  The department provided samples of braille and audio books that are similar to what patrons would find in a public library.


Our California History department showcased mining materials,  an original French swearing in bible, Maynard Dixon’s palettes, historic maps, and an exhibit on Canon Law.    The State Librarian is highly involved in community awareness and provides a variety of venues to stimulate conversation and bring forth new ideas.   He recently hosted a  Editorial Cartoon Exhibit, Afflicting the Comfortable: California’ Editorial Cartoonists, designed to attract the Legislature, cartoonists, and public.  (more…)

Journey to the Adaptive Unconsciousness

Uncategorized | Thursday February 23 2017 9:47 pm | Comments (0)

Malcolm Gladwell compilation of stories and experiences is a journey of our adaptive unconsciousness.  The adaptive unconsciousness is apart of our brain which processes mental activities such controlling our real motivations, judgments, and actions.  His idea of adaptive unconsciousness and can be related to a computer that processes data.  Gladwell provides extensive information on “thin slicing”, which is one’s ability to make an accurate assessment of a person, object, or situation from a mere glance or observation in seconds.   Gladwell’s research can  be used by the library community to assess why we make split-second decisions and judgments.  For example, how we form impressions, judgments, and evaluations of people.  He provides insight into what mechanisms are functioning below our level of consciousness.  Sometimes


Blog 1 – The Hyperlinked Library Model- Change

Uncategorized | Friday February 10 2017 12:30 am | Comments (3)

Change (chāj) v., 1. To make different in form 2. To transform 3. To remove and replace 4.  To become different   5.  A transformation or modification 6.  Replacement or substitution.

The process of change can be gradual or progressive which causes something to evolve.   Change occurs whether one has prepared for it or not.  For instance, several factors of change aided to the demise of the drive-in theater.  One was the rise of the VCR.  This new technology allowed people to watch movies from their homes for the first time in history.  Another contributing factor was the shift in economics of the movie industry.  New revenue streams appeared such as cable and video, which meant the box office bottom line, became a thermostat for the value of movies. This allowed producers to withhold top rated films from being shown at the drive-in theaters. Consequently, people were given a choice either to go the theater to see box hit movies or wait months to rent the video.  It can also be said, technological advancement has forced libraries to upgrade standards/practices or neglect to meet the needs and expectations of library users.

Change is the core concept of Library 2.0. “Library 2.0 is a model of library service that includes constant and purposeful change and user participation in the creation and maintenance of services, while maintaining a primary goal of extending the library’s reach to potential library users” (Casey & Savastinuk, 2007, p12).  Rampant technological advancements have made some of the traditional library services ineffective. For generations the card catalog stood proudly in libraries across the land waiting to assist library users.  The card catalog was the heartbeat of all bibliographic items within our libraries, however a suitable replacement called Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) put it to rest.  Libraries with OPAC access may still have card catalog onsite, but it is used strictly as a secondary resource.

The ongoing evolution of the library is far from being over. For example, the BiblioTech is a public bookless library located in San Antonio, Texas.  It roughly cost $2.4 million dollars and it represents the cutting edge of technology for libraries. There are pros and cons to this concept. The bookless library operating costs are lower than the traditional library costs through the elimination of many positions such as librarians, manager, supervisors, and LTA’s.  On the other hand, efforts can be utilized for community outreach projects   with patrons because there are no books to be processed.    There are pro’s and con’s to this new concept.  However, the bookless library concept can be considered as a premonition of global change in the near future.

Change is inevitable. The landscape of libraries is constantly changing and evolving.  It is imperative to embrace adjustments to new realities as they come forth.  Adapting to change allows libraries to provide the best service possible to our patrons.

Biblio Tech  – Bexar County’s Digital Library . Retrieved from: https://www.bexarbibliotech.org

Casey, M.E. & Savastinuk, L.C. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service.  Medford, Jew Jersey, Information Today.



Uncategorized | Tuesday January 31 2017 9:16 pm | Comments (4)

Hello everyone,

My name is Linda Monroe and I live in Plumas Lake, Ca. Plumas Lake is located outside of Beale Air Force Base and about a 45 minute drive to Sacramento.  I am a United States Air Force veteran and retired from Beale AFB.  I served 22.5 years in the Air Force and very proud to have faithfully served my country.   I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  I am working at the California State Library located in Sacramento, which is a dream come true for me.  I have always had an appreciation for books, libraries and librarians.  My desire is to become a cataloguer.

Personal tidbits: My husband and I have two daughters. The eldest Nikki resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband who is in the Navy.  My grand daughter Kensington is 9 months and growing very fast.  My youngest daughter Trier (pronounced Tree-Air) is in the Air Force and stationed at Frankfurt Germany. I enjoy reading and travelling. During the summer, I had the opportunity to visit Okinawa Japan and enjoyed it very much. (more…)

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