My readership recently exploded, and so I wanted to take this time to address some details that may have confused some people when first visiting my blog. Firstly, a disclaimer: I am a library employee and a current library student. I think there is nothing more valuable to any community than a good library. Also, this is my personal blog. Until this morning, I was writing for the ten friends who read it daily. I understand that putting things on the internet comes with the risk of being discovered, but I ask that my readers treat my blog as it was intended–as a personal blog rather than a professional library journal.
Now let me explain the purpose of my project. I’m a student and so places to study are very important to me. I wanted to review libraries as great places to go to work on assignments. I look at the space inside the library, the atmosphere, the amount of light and noise as well as how easy it is to find, and the parking.
As a library employee, it’s my opinion that it is essential for library staff remain helpful and kind. Friendly costumer service is key to inviting patrons to return. I’m rating libraries by how eager staff members are to answer my questions and help me find sections of the library I’m not familiar with.
As a avid reader (and patron) , I am mostly interested in young adult literature and graphic novels. Those are the kinds of books I like to read, so those are the sections I head for when entering a library. I am rating libraries on their selection and how easy the books are to find.
Based on these qualities, I am evaluating Nassau County libraries. I am not comparing programs or policies or the age of buildings. I don’t expect libraries to control the traffic or ensure drivers pay attention to cross walks. I am merely commenting on how a patron with my interests experiences each library.
I ask my readers to understand this blog only contains my opinions. Perhaps study space and graphic novels aren’t important to you–in that case this would be a terrible review to read. My main concern is letting the libraries who value me as a patron know that I appreciate them. I am happy to visit beautiful buildings, and I am thankful that there are librarians like the very helpful Port Washington ladies to help me find the material I need.
I’ve only visited six libraries so far, but from those six I’ve learned that libraries are different and unique. I’m not coming to spy on your library and I am most certainly not waiting for staff members to be in the worst of moods before bombarding them with trick questions. I just want to see what Nassau County has to offer.
PS–To the sincerely friendly librarian from Manhasset that invited me back for a second visit: Thank you! It’s people like you that bring patrons in and keep them there. I hope when I do visit, you’re the one I speak with.