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July 2, 2010

Oprah’s “What to Read Next” Quiz

Filed under: Literature — Sullivan Free Library @ 3:52 pm
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If you are having trouble deciding what to read next this summer, Oprah has a solution.

On her website, you can take a quiz of ten questions  to help you determine what to read next:

Taking the quiz will result in a recommendation of one book that is right for you, plus a list of additional titles to consider.   I took the quiz twice, changing my answers slightly and ended up with 25 titles from which to choose.  Some I had already read and liked, so there’s a good chance I’ll like the others.

Being the self-proclaimed queen of book clubs, Oprah also offers many other reading resources, lists of “Five Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once”, “Books to Steal from Your Teenager” and “O’s Favorite Books of 2010”.  There are also Reader’s Guides for books that the magazine has recommended.

Chances are, whatever Oprah recommends will be available through one of the 43 libraries in the MidYork Library System.  If you have trouble locating a title, stop at your local branch and ask a librarian for help.


July 1, 2010

What do you call people who use the library?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sullivan Free Library @ 7:58 pm
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No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke.

There has been a lot of discussion about what term people who work in libraries should use for the people who use their services. Patron is probably the most commonly used term, but is that the best term? The definition of patron is:

1. One that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor: a patron of the arts.
2. A customer, especially a regular customer.

Both certainly apply. Library patrons tend to the best supporters of library services, and most are regular customers.  So why not just use the term customer?   Customer implies an exchange of money, and library services are for the most part, free.

User is another term that is often used, but that has some negative connotations, as in the sub-definition: a person who uses something or someone selfishly or unethically.

I recently attended a teleconference where it was suggested that the most appropriate term for those who frequent library services is member.   Member implies belonging, being a part of an organization.  In order to use the library, a person applies for a library card to become a member of the library community. Member implies having a say in how your library services are developed and delivered.  But then, what about people who visit the library but don’t have a library card?

In the end, it is all a matter of semantics,  but sometimes it is the nuances that make a difference in life.  Please take a moment to vote in the poll below and let us know what you prefer.  Comments are also welcome.

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