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Ok, I really had to share this because it’s definitely impressive. I’ve celebrated my 4th birthday here at WordPress and after trying my hand at three different blogs and finally settling with . . .  and sticking to, 411Junkie I’m finally feeling my way around the blogging community. And we’re a fabulous community. Blogging gives a chance to write, gives us a chance to experience, and gives us a chance to share. It’s more than a 140 character tweet, more than a rant on Facebook, and still a bit more personal than a status update on LinkedIn. Blogging is . . . mind-blowing and here are the numbers to prove it!

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Privately-Run v.s. Public Libraries

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog is solely those of the author and does not reflect the views and beliefs of the Hawaii Public Library System in any way. This is strictly my opinion and understanding.

There’s an interesting debate going on in a group I’m a part of regarding privatized public libraries. It centers around this link: Are Privatized Public Libraries So Bad? which was posted on the The Atlanta Cities website. There are many valid points and arguments, but it is a heated debate. Many participants are passionate about libraries and their role as quality information agents. Many of the participants have worked in libraries and/or continue to work in public libraries so it hits close to home for most of them.

I’ve been a patron of our public library system for as long as I can remember. I absolutely love it! I’ve used my library for all sorts of things. I love to read so I borrow a lot of fiction. I love to research so I borrow a lot of non-fiction. And when computers made its way to the library, I used the computer for research. I’ve used their access databases for research as well. So I’m a huge fan of our public library.

In addition to being a patron, I recently became an employee of this wonderful institution. During the first portion of my orientation, the head librarian of my branch went over the mission of the library system:

“To provide Hawaii residents, in all walks of life, and in each stage of their lives, with access to education, information, programs and services, and to teach and nurture the love of reading and the habit of life-long learning.”

Hawaii Public Library Systems – Mission Statement

I have to say, this mission statement aligns with my personal values, with Personal Growth and Development being one of them.

So I’m all for public libraries. However, I see the struggle our public library systems go through and more so now that I’m a part of it. Before becoming an employee, the Friends of the Library did a promotional series on the benefits of the library. This ran parallel to budget talks about funding cuts statewide for all branches of state government. It worried me then, that was about five years ago. It worries me now, especially with the shift in the roles of libraries that seems to be taking place. More and more patrons are asking questions like: “How do I use the internet?,” “Can you help me with my résumé?,” “Can you type out a business letter?” Not to mention that some of our free services get really negative complaints: “My request will take how long to fulfill? Three to six weeks? Why so long?” And then we have to explain since we use the cheapest available shipping to make sure the service remains free, the cheapest available also takes the longest route to get here.

The help that I’m being asked for everyday seems very different from the help I was given while growing up. And even though the Information Age seems to be in full swing, it seems that libraries are still trying to figure out how to accommodate this new age.

I think this is what determines whether privatization is a good thing or a bad. And I feel it is on a case-by-case basis. For the most part, I believe that it can be a very good thing. Many people fear change and I’m not saying that privately-run public libraries are without fault. There’s always room for corruption and the quality of service may waiver, but it is the same for a public sector as well. Should I shun the idea of a privately-run library based on the possibility that it may be a bad thing? Should I completely rule out the idea based on a what if? What if a privately-run library was owned and operated by someone who felt the same way, someone who shares that vision?

I don’t think privatization is the answer for everything, but it is an option that should be considered. Any business can be good business if it’s run properly and sticks to its vision and mission statements. And that applies to both the private sector and public sectors.

Other Sources:
“The Difference Between the Private and Public Sector.” Privacy Sense. Accessed 07 August 2013.

Erikson, Amanda. “Are Privatized Public Libraries So Bad?” The Atlantic Cities. Last modified March 28, 2012.

Hawaii Public Library Systems. Accessed 07 August 2013.

“Outsourcing and Privatization.” American Library Association. Accessed 07 August 2013.

Blogging 411: Writing Professionally – Online

Since this blogging world is still kind of new to me and I’m still trying to make sense on what I am actually blogging about, I’m still doing a lot of research on writing. I stumbled upon this blog post while browsing through my university’s LinkedIn group and thought I’d share it. I recommend everyone to read it, even if you’re not “professionally” writing.

From OnlineCareerTips, “How to Keep Your Writing Professional Online,” by Adrienne Erin.

It made me think: Am I writing professionally? Can my blog be considered “professional?” My immediate answer is “no,” of course. But, the guidelines in the article is good information. I decided to do a mental check:

1.  Back Up Your Thoughts

Well, I do my best to back up my opinions. I mean, I understand it is important to know what you’re talking about. How embarrassing would it be to write about something that you know nothing about? *thinks* Ok, unless you sincerely didn’t understand the point or misunderstood it. But overall, I think I do manage to give examples, at the very least, about my position on things.

2.  Try It Without the Intro Paragraph

This is a new one to me since almost all my classes drilled into my brain to have an introduction paragraph. I’m not sure I even know how to write without an intro and conclusion. I’ll have to experiment with this. Ms. Erin makes an excellent point: “Readers of online material aren’t in it for the long explanations.” I also like her parting advice: “Your posts should be skimmable.” I don’t think some are “skimmable.” I have to make it a point to practice this as well.

3.  Use Headings

I love headings. I think I use them efficiently, but still. Now that I’m aware that it’s one characteristic of a professionally tone, I’ll be on the look out for it.

4.  Don’t Push It

Hm, great advice with this one. And you know, I agree with this. I love that this is on the list.

5.  The Importance of TL;DR

I absolutely LOVE this. [Too Long; Didn’t Read]. I most definitely will be using this as a guide in my future blog posts.

So, I would say I’m halfway there. And since I’m still feeling my way through this blogging world, I think I’m doing pretty good. There is always room for improvement though, so I’m not going to argue with progress.

Edited: 03 April 2015

Harry Potter, after “The End”

ThePotterFamilyI’m a Harry Potter fan at heart. Always will be. I mean, that story was … epic! So, imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this post through a friend on Facebook (who has her own blog by the way, Zemfrika Blogs) who shared this from BuzzFeed (you see how that whole networking thing works?). And I do need to give a shout out to Ellie Hall for this wonderful post!

Some of these events I was aware of, but others were a pleasant surprise. It’s always good to “peek” at those characters we’ve fallen in love with to see what they’ve been up to after “The End.”