July 13, 2020, 06:20:38 PM

Author Topic: Library Usage?  (Read 8865 times)

Offline ibeeeg

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2011, 01:21:39 AM »
My library network is pretty good, but they are feeling the pinch for funds. Still the system is working well.  If my actual does not have a book then I can usually get it through the interlibrary loan.  I am trying hard to use the library far more than purchasing. I am failing.  with that said, I have been known to obtain a library book only to discover it all musty smelling. I can not tolerate that. I then purchase the book instead of waiting for another edition.

My normal manner of usage is to place holds for the books I would like via my library's online feature. I love this. The book then arrives at my town's library, I am notified, and off I go to pick it up.  sweet!  :) I will admit, i don't actually care for my town's library. It feels very policed, and not very friendly.  This is due to amount of kids that use it as a hang out. grrr....  Oh yeah, another knock down was that my children's librarian could not name one good picture book she would recommend for my son. Not one.  Pretty sad if you ask me.  Still, I love the online ability.

Offline Minesril

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2011, 07:38:21 AM »
Oh yeah, another knock down was that my children's librarian could not name one good picture book she would recommend for my son. Not one.  Pretty sad if you ask me.

That's terrible!  i think this is one of the ways in which booksellers are better than librarians - we actually know our stuff, to be fair this is because we know what sells.  Librarians are taught how to use computer systems, and how to look things up.  i can think of about five or six good picture books just off the top of my head!

So yeah...I don't really use libraries as I work in a bookshop so there's no point.  But even if I didn't, I prefer charity shops and other second hand bookshops - I love the atmosphere, and you can find some great stuff.  (It's good for clothes, too, in posh areas of town, but that's another subject...)
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 07:40:20 AM by Minesril »

Offline Lyz

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2011, 10:47:44 PM »
I use the Seattle Public Library, because they have a very large collection, and they allow inter-library loan between their branches. I only have to go down the street to get my books, as opposed to going all the way downtown to check them out. :) I like that.

I find hat the SPL generally has the newer books that I want; I managed to snag both Brayan's Gold and The Great Bazaar by Peter V. Brett there, instead of buying the books. I don't think I've ever been so pleased to /not/ have to buy a book, considering how much The Great Bazaar has been going for.
Elizabeth Mace Giosia. Call me Lyz. 29. Leo. Fantasy Faction Staff Member, Reviews. Owner of Giosia Photography and Stoneheart Cosplay

Need a review for your novel? Email me at emgiosia@gmail.com!

Offline ibeeeg

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2011, 04:46:16 PM »
Oh yeah, another knock down was that my children's librarian could not name one good picture book she would recommend for my son. Not one.  Pretty sad if you ask me.
That's terrible!  i think this is one of the ways in which booksellers are better than librarians
I'd say exactly the opposite, because the librarian on the front-line isn't directly interested in your money, or on a sales target, but only on getting you to read more.

The example by ibeeeg is purely a bad librarian who i'm surprised is in a job. The majority of children's librarians read stories to kids of all ages day in, day out; they can recite many off by heart they've read them so much.

Yes, I agree with you, and that would be an expectation of mine. I did not even really need them to come up with a list for myself, but I found that I was not prepared for my  7 year old's need to have the librarian help locate a book for him. He received his first library card, and he has special needs so certain things strike him in ways that do not strike other children. He happened to latch on to the thought that the librarian needed to help locate a book, thus my question as he was not satisfied with my browsing. What was even more disappointing was the fact they do not even have a caldecott list, or newbery list, or even suggestion lists. I have seen lists such as those at other libraries which can be helpful for parents who are trying to guide their child's book selection.  I just do not think my local library is all that helpful; what they do, I could do just coming off of the street.  However, there are other libraries in my 10-15 mile radius that are excellent, and have Liberians who are worth their weight in gold.  Ah well, I usually just use our online hold system which works beyond excellent. Love that feature.  My younger children do not seem to mind the library atmosphere, but for my older children, we head off to one of the better libraries in our area.



Offline Minesril

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2011, 08:06:20 PM »
I am not interested in sales, either.  I am not paid enough to be interested in sales.  What I am interested in is getting people to read, and making recommendations on things I have read, not only because this is great customer service, but because I like 'spreading the word' if I find something good.  I think you will find any shop floor bookseller will say the exact same thing.  Seriously, if your librarian can't recommend something, go along to your local bookshop, because there is a higher chance that the bookseller there is pretty good at doing just that!

AJZaethe

  • Guest
Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2011, 04:01:27 PM »
Yeah...there is a problem with me.  As much as I would love to work at a library, I don't much care for them.  I am extremely greedy with my books.  If it does not belong to me, I won't read it and on top of that, I don't lend out my books either.  I need the book to be mine to enjoy it, along with being non digital.  Because if it isn't in my hands, I don't want it.

So, I add to the problem of declining libraries.  Good place for movies though.  Haha.

Offline TsarevichRaven

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2011, 04:05:50 PM »
I wish I could say I use libraries, but it's just not true. :/ It's not from lack of trying, though...

Recently I tried getting back into the library game, as it were, and found it both frustrating and annoying. None of the books I wanted were even on any of the lists in my local town, or surrounding area. Absolutely nothing. Nothing that hasn't been out since 2007 at the earliest, anyway.

That said, would I use libraries in favour of buying books? Probably not. I'm a book collector as well as reader; whilst I don't buy books I don't think I'll like, I do tend to buy anything I even so much as like the premise of. Basically, I'd buy books anyway, so even my my library was any good, I'd probably not use it.

I wish libraries were magical places, hallowed halls of reading and learning...and even though my local library looks the part--with a gorgeous Regency facade--it's just not the case. :(
"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw ... where those of wit and learning will always find their kind."
-------------
Leo Cristea
Twitter
Website | Jet Black Ink

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #37 on: April 10, 2011, 07:15:48 PM »
After the recent library cuts, I made a big deal out of going out and joining my local library (right down the street, hadn't been there in 3 years). Promptly discovered not only the dirt cheap DVD rentals, but also a huge collection of comic books. Weirdly, their book collection is a bit shoddy, but when I've needed something for work or research, I can generally find something that'll do...

I then also joined another library in a much, much nicer neighbourhood, and use it as one of my "bases of operation" for freelance work. Huge collection, free wireless, comfy seats, etc.

Go libraries...

Offline Tiffany Kysis Tackett

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #38 on: April 10, 2011, 08:48:08 PM »
Lately I've only been using libraries to study rather than check out books, unless they are research oriented for my classes. x_x  My boyfriend works at the 24 hour a day, 5 day a week library on campus, so I'll go study there in the middle of the night.  It's generally pretty quiet, which is nice, and I almost always get my little desk seat with the outlet under it.

I kind of wish I could learn to enjoy libraries again, rather than just thinking study and homework every time I set foot inside.

Offline WizardofWestmarch

  • Half a King
  • ***
  • Posts: 391
  • Total likes: 1
  • Gender: Male
  • Awesomeness at a Mile High
    • View Profile
Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #39 on: April 11, 2011, 04:28:35 AM »
Haven't used a library in an eternity. One of the greatest joys I find in having disposable income is owning the books I'm interested in, plus it gives me an excuse to buy more bookshelves ;-).

Sadly I seem to recall the library system in a suburb I used to live near when I lived in southeast Denver closed something like half their libraries a year or so ago, which devastated me as I always want libraries to be around for those who don't have the luxury to just buy books by the bucketfull to be able to read widely as well.

What's doubly sad is there is a library within walking distance of my house, and I have not visited it even once. I really should if nothing else to check out the mythology section, which is always good for interesting material =-)
Lover and would be writer of fantasy
My tumblelog on writing

Offline Drying Ink

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #40 on: April 18, 2011, 05:42:53 PM »
Actually, I get most of my books through the library, mainly though reservation. I prefer to buy books, but with the pace at which I've grown to read, I simply don't have space or the money to buy enough to keep me reading all of the time. The local library is -very- friendly, though. It's tiny, but the online reservation service is fantastic (as others have mentioned): they normally get the latest books pretty rapidly, and you can even place reservations before release.

If I like the book enough, I'll usually buy it, but the library is my recourse for those I'm not so sure about.

Offline Mr Soul

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2011, 04:42:04 AM »
The library is the only way I could afford to read as much as I do. I'm lucky because our library is great and the community has been pretty good about supporting it with levies.

They're really good about responding to recommendations for purchases too.

I go at least a couple times a week.

Offline deejrandom

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #42 on: June 22, 2011, 05:37:00 AM »
To be honest I haven't used a library in about six or seven years.  Not really because of them, it is more because of myself.  I have a bad habit of forgetting to return books - I Figured I'm better off just buying books.  When I get a good amount of money I shall send a ton of it the way of several libraries I've used over the years XD.

The libraries in my area, though, aren't disappearing. They are doing a good job of changing with the times.  They have internet stations, digital media libraries and the like. I am very glad to see that since I don't want to see Public Libraries die.

Offline Mr Soul

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #43 on: June 22, 2011, 06:32:50 AM »
Our library now allows patrons to download e-books and allows a limited number of free music downloads each month as well.

I can be pretty absent minded about books as well. They remind me by email when stuff is getting close to overdue.

Offline deejrandom

Re: Library Usage?
« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2011, 11:42:56 PM »
Our library now allows patrons to download e-books and allows a limited number of free music downloads each month as well.

I can be pretty absent minded about books as well. They remind me by email when stuff is getting close to overdue.

That is a good way to handle it.  Most of my time in the libraries were before the digital age hit big.