The California State Library
hears from you!
for CSL programs
make me totally envious with the variety of
programs that you do - the LEAP assessment, the
ELF program - I read it all and plot how we can
implement similar programs here in Texas where we
face many of the same challenges. Keep up
the good work and keep putting that stuff out on
the blog so I don't miss any of it.
Jowaisas, Grant Administrator
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
government documents librarians provide excellent
service to Oakland librarian
and Bill Riddle have provided me excellent
customer service. As a relatively new government
documents librarian, I have appreciated their help
managing our federal and state depository
collections. David and Bill are always very prompt
and thorough in answering my questions.
Cismowski demonstrates extraordinary professional
dedication and depth of knowledge. I attended the
full-day orientation that he presented in
Sacramento, and his information has been
invaluable in the daily, practical operation of
our depository site. I have called the State
Library several times for our patrons’ reference
questions, and David consistently provides
outstanding reference service.
has been instrumental in bringing our depository
into compliance with federal depository legal
requirements. Until the most recent five years,
our federal collection had gone for decades with
almost no weeding. Consequently, documents were
improperly stacked on the dusty floors because we
did not have enough standard shelf space for them.
David visited our depository site twice, offering
tailored advice and systematically identifying
many non-essential series that we might discard.
With his expert guidance, we have gradually freed
up thousands of feet in shelving that can now
accommodate important documents that should be
retained. David’s visits were extremely useful
for collection management.
Riddle has been very gracious about answering my
questions about state depository operations. I
particularly appreciate the way that he reviews
our California disposal lists so quickly, often
within a single business day if I send a short
list. This is incredibly speedy service, given the
tedious and detailed nature of the task. Those
quick reviews are a great help in making our state
depository collection (also not weeded for
decades) more manageable and relevant for our
realize that your department is operating with
reduced staffing compared with previous years.
Despite these challenges, please know that David Cismowski
and Bill Riddle are giving outstanding service to
their depository patrons.
Shioshita, Government Documents Librarian
Oakland Public Library
librarian praises ARSL conference
were able to have six staff members attend [the
Association of Rural and Small Libraries
Conference] and they came back enthused and
energized. I have attended conferences before but
always felt they were for the big libraries with
big bucks and big staffs. It felt so good to be
talking to libraries with our size and our issues.
Self Service on a Budget struck a nerve and we are
now moving forward with instruction classes on
using the computer and our online magazine
databases. We're calling it "Monday with
were excited by the use of the digital photo frame
to show the local history pictures and we are in
the process of buying one for the front desk - to
advertise library events, show pictures from
events, show pictures of the books being sold at librarybooksales.org,
and to show covers of new titles added to the collection.
these days of challenging budgets and no time and
money the messages of George and Joan
resonate loud and clear: It's more fun to rethink
than to retrench. They asked "Are you
thinking about doing less or doing
different." We are ready to do different!
Hoekstra, County Librarian
Calaveras County Library