Saturday, November 24, 2007

The End is Only the Beginning

I know I've posted about this before, but I simply have to blog again about how much I love these guys! Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer of DOK, Delft Public Library in the Netherlands were here in the US again - this time for what they called the Shanachie Tour, which started in New York and swept across the country to California, ending at the 2007 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey in October.

You can watch their final episode of their tour here, which is well worth the 12 minutes:

Shanachie Tour

There is something so intrinsically likeable about Erik and Jaap that meeting them is an unforgettable experience. Erik's mantra is that everyone has a story to tell and librarians can help people share their stories, which is a concept that we believe in wholly at the Kankakee Public Library. The Shanachie Tour may be over, but the inspiration definitely lives on throughout the libraries that they've touched.

Allison Beasley
Head of Adult Services
Kankakee Public Library

Thursday, November 08, 2007

One Librarian's Plea to Larry King

Oh, if only Larry King would utilize his friendly neighborhood library for some researching skills, he’d avoid embarrassing scenarios like asking Jerry Seinfeld if his show got cancelled:

and calling Ringo Starr "George":

Larry, call us. The friendly Kankakee Public Library Adult Services staff is here to help with your research needs, 815-939-4564.

Allison Beasley
Head of Adult Services