[Missouri-l] link to this week's Books And Beyond
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Sun Oct 18 11:11:03 CDT 2009
Libraries have been a part of life throughout history. They are as much a
part of our landscape as schools, churches, and grocery stores. A constant
in our lives, we assume they will always be here. Although that may be true,
with economic changes resulting in tightened budgets,they are the first to
suffer when cuts must be made.
How will libraries change? When programs are altered or eliminated, how
will they reinvent themselves to survive? How can consumers help? Where do
funds come for all the books, magazines, movies and other resources the
patrons use? For many, a library is our entree in to the magical world
Sandi Thompson, Director of the Puskarich public library in Harrison County
Ohio, will discuss the plight of this library system. All across the
nation, libraries are facing many challenges never faced before. Is there
hope? How can politicians and consumers help? What services can visually
impaired consumers obtain from public libraries? What impact do changing
budgets have on staff and procurement of materials for readers?
On Books And Beyond, it is my hope and perhaps my passion to acquaint
listeners with individuals who will add to the knowledge they have. Whether
you read books from the National Library service in America or receive
books from a similar library in another country, the difficulties facing
libraries today are universal. We have to learn what we can do to turn
Sandi Thompson will discuss these and other matters. What does a director of
a library do? What choices and decisions must she make on a daily basis? In
a nation rich in library services, what changes will they find necessary
to remain a vibrant, visible part of our world?Below, you will find some
information about Sandi and a link to download the show.
I received my B.S. in Education from Ohio University. My Master's Degree
is in Library & Information Science from the University of South Carolina.
was part of a co-hort from West Virginia; there were also participants from
Maine and South Carolina. It allowed for a lot of interaction with
from across the country and in a variety of settings. Some of these classes
were done by satellite, but during each class the professors traveled to
Virginia twice to meet with students in Charleston. It was a wonderful
experience and I was fortunate to be able to participate in such a great
I am a member of ALA(American Library Association) and the Ohio Library
Council. I have also served on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Public
I have always loved libraries and when I applied for the young adult
position at the Puskarich Public Library - I presented my stack of summer
from days gone by to the panel of interviewers. I'm not sure if they really
appreciated the fact that I had kept all those library reading records, but
to me they were lists of books that shaped my summers growing up.
Having come from a farming background where the work was never easy and
always involved pitching something, I was amazed that once I was hired I
be PAID for reading and sharing books with children. What fun!
Now, just click below and download the show.
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