San Diego: Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

From The East County Californian

” Mary Elder is the new head librarian at the Lakeside Branch Library.Elder hails from Tucson, Arizona.After earning degrees from the University of Arizona in both English Literature and Library and Information Science, she worked at the Pima Public Library for four years. It is apparent she loves her work.“Other than having children, my library degree has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” she said.What brought her to the San Diego area? A few simple facts: her adult son lives in Los Angeles, her daughter wants to go to SDSU, and her fiancée lives here as well.”

Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

San Diego County: County libraries to host virtual tours of state parks

From The Coast News

“Five San Diego County library branches will host virtual tours of various state parks today to celebrate their recent increases in internet connection speeds.
The Potrero, Descano, Alpine, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove libraries will each host a videoconference tour of a different park with a state park representative, allowing participants to ask questions during each tour.The tours include Anza Borrego Desert State Park, La Purisma State Historic Park, Columbia State Historic Park, Angel Island and Point Lobos State Reserve.”

San Diego: County library system to obtain automated materials handler

From The Californian

“The County Library system will be obtaining a centralized automated material handling system.The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 January 29 to authorize the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to issue a request for proposals for the procurement of an automated materials handler and to award a contract upon a determination of fair and reasonable pricing. The contract will also include warranty, maintenance, and technical support service, and the supervisors’ action also appropriated $1,100,000 for the procurement and support services to supplement $400,000 already budgeted.“I’m really excited,” said County Library director Miguel Acosta.“Library customers will really appreciate a new automated sorter because the turnaround time for requested materials could go from 30 days down to three days,” said Supervisor Jim Desmond. “The more efficient system will also free up staff to better serve their customers.”Currently the County Library system has 15 automated sorters in branches.”

San Diego: County Offers Free Laptop Checkout at 2 Local Libraries

From San Diego 7

“Studying and researching just got easier at two local libraries where the San Diego County Library is now offering laptops for checkout through a vending-machine-style kiosk. Right now, the laptops are available for use at the Imperial Beach Library or the Borrego Springs Library.The service is free and can be used by anyone who has a county library card, according to the county. The laptops can be used for the whole day, or for a few hours.”

San Diego: County Libraries Launch Financial Education Seminar Series

From San Diego Patch

“San Diego County Credit Union and the San Diego County Library System will begin offering financial education seminars Wednesday to county residents, continuing through the year’s first quarter.From Wednesday through March, the credit union will host financial wellness seminars at county library locations in an effort to improve financial health. According to SDCCU, seminar topics will include credit reports, identity theft, budgeting, college financing and home equity.”

Poway Library will host digital bookmobile Friday

From San Diego Union Tribune

“The Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event is coming to the Poway Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.This free event highlights eBooks and audiobooks from the library in an interactive experience.The digital bookmobile is equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, according to a press release.Staff from the Poway Library and eBook experts will be available on the digital bookmobile to guide visitors through the process of browsing, selecting and downloading eBooks and audiobooks from the library’s digital catalog. Interactive learning stations will also feature video tutorials that introduce readers to the process of browsing and borrowing.”

San Diego County: Ramona Library launches Rural Arts Project

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Ramona Library is among four branches of the San Diego County Library system participating in the Rural Arts Project, a series of fine and digital art workshops.A grant from the California State Library enables people of all ages to receive free, high-quality art instruction. The Ramona and Potrero libraries are hosting the series this fall, and the Borrego Springs and Campo libraries will launch their workshops in early 2019.“The Rural Arts Project aims to bridge a gap in art experiences that is often seen in backcountry and rural areas,” said Chelsie Harris, Ramona Library manager and Rural Arts Project coordinator. “We’re so excited to be hosting this project for the benefit of these communities.”Quality art education is not always readily available in backcountry locations, especially for children and teens, said the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts working paper, “Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas.” When art education was analyzed in the context of rural communities, researchers found “access to arts education to be significantly impacted by a number of factors, including lack of transportation, limited financial resources, and unfavorable arts policy.”Ramona Library is partnering with The Art Center of Ramona to bring workshops to the public for free.”