DCPLive is a blog by library staff at the DeKalb County Public Library!
Sep 17 2007

Welcome to our blog

by DCPL

Welcome to DCPLive, our new library blog for DeKalb  residents. While not a veteran blogger  myself, I am aware of what a ubiquitous presence blogs are in today’s world. So we are now offering this feature on our website to give library users a vehicle to stay in touch with what is going on at DCPL and share thoughts on whatever literary or library topics strikes them and vice versa.

For those less technologically inclined, the word “blog” is a portmanteau of the words “web” and “log,” and for those less inclined toward literary terms, the word “portmanteau” is defined as a word that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. I think it’s interesting to note this usage of “portmanteau” was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). In the book, Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice words from Jabberwocky saying, “Well, slithy means lithe and slimy … You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.” I mention this only because “blog” sounds like something Carroll might have come up with if he lived today.

But I digress.

DCPLive will be a blog written by frontline library staff members. Posts will cover a wide array of topics and perspectives on DCPL services, books, reading, etc. You may wish to share your thoughts on a book mentioned in the blog or a program you attended by commenting on the blog post. We encourage you to do so.

Well, that’s my inaugural blog entry. While most of the posts on DCPLive will be by other library staff, from time to time I might chime in if the topic appeals or it seems appropriate.

Enjoy!

Darro Willey, Library Director

larry english September 17, 2007 at 12:06 PM

ok let ‘er rip
[just testing]

wle.

kgc September 18, 2007 at 9:01 AM

This sounds like a great idea. Personally, I’d like to have more input into the materials that the library orders. Sometimes it seems a bit capricious to us outsiders. For instance, the library orders so many HBO television series, but not many older or unusual series. I’d love to see you get “Extras” from the BBC, as well as some older series that aren’t on anymore, such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Once and Again”, “Everwood” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” It’s hard to understand why the library carries “Queer as Folk”, but not these other series.

Anna Watkins, Faithful Library Patron September 18, 2007 at 11:19 AM

I’m glad you’ve got this up and going. Of course, now you’ve got to have classes in feed-readers so everyone can get the latest posts in their Google Reader window 🙂 It’s never ending . . .

Another comment — I think it would be a good idea to have a link to the catalog, or even a catalog search box, right there in your sidebar.

Chris S. September 19, 2007 at 11:09 AM

kgc,

Thank you for your comment. We actually receive many requests and suggestions like this from patrons, and questions about why we own some television shows and not others. The library system has grappled with this question since we began buying materials on DVD. At this point, we collect only series that aired on premium cable channels or on public television, as these are often less readily available to our users than shows that continue to play on broadcast TV.

While the library would like to provide access to more television shows on DVD, the cost can very quickly become prohibitive. The website http://www.tvshowsondvd.com lists several thousand broadcast TV shows that have been released on DVD, and there must be dozens, if not hundreds, that would be popular with our users. Many of them come with multiple seasons that would have to be collected in order to have a complete set. We could easily spend the library’s entire DVD budget on this type of material, but we also know that our patrons want educational and instructional DVDs, children’s programs, and feature films.

As it happens, though, we are currently in the process of discussing ways to enhance our DVD collections, and guidelines for what we should offer. This was one of the recommendations made, based on patron feedback, in our recent strategic plan. So your comments are timely, and I have passed them along to our collection development administrators. As for specific title requests, our ears are always open, and we give serious consideration to all the patron suggestions we receive.

For future suggestions, we have a web form accessible on our web site:

http://www.dekalblibrary.org/emailalib/colldev.htm

Thanks again,

Chris S.
DCPL Librarian

John F. September 24, 2007 at 8:04 AM

Just some thoughts for future postings…..

How does DCPL decide which titles to carry and how many copies of each title to order?

What are the library’s most requested titles each month?

What services does the library offer that most patrons are unaware but we would be interested in if we knew about them? I always wonder this when I see the reference desk.

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