February 5, 2011
Arboretum Library Winter 2011 E-News
Hello all I have several volunteer catalogers who are library school students or recently graduated and we are cataloging and making available lots of items. This new book list highlights brand new books in the Library as well as great hurdles working through our backlog. Here is a link to the new books (both children’s and others), magazine articles and websites we’ve cataloged recently. If you are interested in any of the items on the list, just let me know and I can help get them for you.
Christine Hsiao, my volunteer, and I moved the rare books back into the renovated Rare Book Room. The Good Family Foundation gave us the money to purchase the shelves. Aren’t the shelves and books beautiful?Here is a description of the next Arboretum Library project: “Shall an ordinance be adopted to validate and reduce Los Angeles County’s existing utility users tax from 5 percent to 4.5 percent; to continue funding essential services, including sheriff’s deputies, parks, libraries, street repairs, and other general fund services; update definitions to require equal treatment of taxpayers regardless of technology used; provide public review of expenditure and independent audits, and continue the low-income senior exemption?” This proposition was adopted in Los Angeles County in 2008. As you see from the language, it is intended to support both parks and libraries among other things. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors designated 5 million dollars for improvements at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and 1.25 million of that money has been further designated to be spent on the Arboretum Library. The money for the Arboretum Library is intended to address “deferred maintenance” issues. This includes a cataloging component to solve cataloging backlog issues as well as library building renovation. My vision for the building renovation is to open up the space to create a more convivial space where the customers are surrounded by and can engage in enjoying the collections. The ceiling was discovered to be essentially a “false” one. It could be opened up to leave behind its current, oppressive, heaviness. The Arboretum Library needs an area where customers can enjoy reading, be it books or through wi-fi. I hope for a designated children’s area, as well as a quiet study area, and a place where the Botanical Information Consultant has easy access to the customers. There will be better areas to shelve our periodicals, our photographs, slides, ephemera, architectural plans and, of course, our books. Our volunteers will gain appropriate work spaces using the best technology. I also strongly believe that the space needs to be better integrated into our landscape. We are, after all, a beautiful garden, with gorgeous views. I’m wondering now if that means turning the library toward the garden. Windows would let the customers gaze and be surrounded by that landscape and a courtyard would allow them to interact with it. I want to keep the front door so very near the entrance to the Arboretum and as they move through that door the view is light and beautiful, showing the western sun as it goes down through our beautiful trees. Construction should begin in 2012. If you have any suggestions about the renovation, please feel free to discuss them with me. I welcome your input. Here is the latest and greatest from the Reading the Western Landscape Book Group. Our current book for the March meeting is about the natural history, especially insects, in a Tempe, Arizona backyard. Here is a link to the books and questions we have finished. Tell your friends so we can really get this group going. Here are the Bookworms story time themes and dates for the next few months. The story time is recommended for children ages 3-8. This is a free program for members and free with admission for non-members.I Love the Lagoon!Sunday, February 6; 2pmWednesday, February 16; 10amSunday, February 20; 2pmIt’s WildSunday, March 6; 2pmWednesday, March 16; 10amSunday, March 20; 2pmSquawkSunday, April 3; 2pmSunday, April 17; 2pmWednesday, April 20; 10amThe Arboretum Library hours are:Open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Open Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Come visit! Remember we are circulating to Arboretum Foundation members. The circulation period for books is 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item. You can renew by e-mail, phone or in person. The circulation period for current magazines is 3 days with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item. Our Botanical Information Consultant (for plant advice) is available Tuesday-Saturday, Frank.McDonough@Arboretum.org, or 626-821-3239.
Happy reading! Susan Eubank, Arboretum Librarian, Susan_Eubank@Arboretum.org