Press Release: Deputy Director Position Filled @ LCLS

Laramie County Library System is pleased to announce Jeff Collins has accepted the position of Deputy Director of Public Service. He will start work on Monday, July 11, 2016. The Deputy Director of Public Service is responsible for the four public service divisions in the library: Reference/Collection Services Computer Center/Cataloging Services Youth/Outreach Services Circulation/Branch Services. Most recently, Collins has been the director …

Blog Post: The Mystery of Why a Book is Shelved in Mystery: Volume 2

Read Volume 1 here So, what makes a mystery, and what makes a book something else? There are at least a dozen genres and sub-genres, but we only use four categories to classify adult fiction:  mystery, sci-fi (which includes fantasy as well as science fiction), westerns and for everything else–fiction.

Blog Post: The Mystery of Why a Book is Shelved in Mystery: Volume 1

Cataloging fiction used to be simple. These days, with a proliferation of fiction genres and sub-genres, it can be a challenge to decide where to shelve books in the library. Take mysteries for example.  Besides the classic mystery story, we now have suspense, thrillers and crime fiction, all of which share some aspects of a mystery but not all of …

Blog Post: LCLS mends books?

A common question in libraries is, “If a book is in need of repair what should I do with it?” Please do not tape it back together.   Just let a staff member know it needs attention.  Most likely, you would not be charged for the damages but this is not guaranteed. Books needing mending are marked for staff to inspect. …

Blog Post: Ten Reasons to Use Laramie County Library’s Computer Center

Located on the third floor of the Laramie County Library, our computer center is—well—awesome. Our staff members are always on hand to monitor usage and assist with minor concerns. Because we’re often front and center, we see a variety of different things happening on the computers that often makes our space tucked away on the upper floor seem like a …

Blog Post: To Patch or not to Patch? It’s not really a question.

Not long ago I had a good conversation with a patron about IT stuff (which is fitting, since that’s what the library pays me to do). During the discussion, he shared that he was apprehensive about updating software on his personal computer and asked me what I thought.

Blog Post: Makerspaces and workshops

Walking through the library is often a visual treat. In display cases, on many walls, and available surfaces, you might find an intriguing piece made of clay, handcrafted paper, turned wood, or a quilt with a complicated pattern. Perhaps you’ve wondered how something was made and what techniques were used and have thought you’d like to learn how to do …

Blog Post: Tales from the Bookmobile

As the Senior Outreach Specialist, the bookmobile is one of my responsibilities.  Laramie County Library has had a bookmobile in service for well over 40+ years.  Our current vehicle is a 9 ½ year old 32’ bus, is easy to spot on the road!