Thursday, 12 September 2013

What have I been doing for so long?

Well, it really seems like I abandoned this blog, because it has been such a long time since I posted anything on here. I have in fact been so very busy, having a proper job instead of the lovely life of being a PhD student. I am working data and databases and open access at the moment, but I have not lost sight of children's mobile libraries and librarianship. I did, however, loose my feed reader when Google reader disappeared, but I have found a substitute.

Here is a link to a Chinese Children's Mobile Library, to celebrate my comeback.

 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2013-08/27/content_16923318.htm

I particularly like the water cooler.

There are some very astute people in Oman. A children's mobile library is being set up there, because they know of the importance of children being able to select books themselves, from a wide selection.

http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Dar-al-Atta-a-mobile-library-to-start-touring-in-November-2j15

In this link, we find out that the lowest loss of library books in Kent are from their children's mobile libraries

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/lost-stock-at-libraries-5728/

I am very pleased with the attitude of the library spokes person. When I was on the Reading Rocket, we were of the opinion that if books went missing, it meant that some children were getting books who would not otherwise have had any. In my mind it was a case of setting books free. As it happened, we had very little stock permanently disappear, books would suddenly be returned after having had an adventure for a year or more. The most extreme example that I remember was a father of four bringing back two large black bin liners full of out library books. I think some had been out for nearly two years. He must have found the children's stash!


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