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4. How long do I keep titles?

Patrons can set their own default lending period on a format-by-format basis. Click here to set your default lending period. You will be prompted to login. However, if you do not set any lending period, the system-wide default for all formats will continue to be 7 days. You have the following options:

3, 7, or 14 days (for WMV Video)
7, 14, or 21 days (for Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks)
7 or 14 days (for WMA Audiobooks and MP3 Audiobooks)
Additionally, at the time of checkout, you can select a lending period on a title-by-title basis.

What a blasted mess.

Good on Multnomah County Library for helping patrons through this quagmire. See the rest of their FAQs: E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks: Frequently Asked Questions. Pima County Public Library has an attractive and succinct explanation at their Downloadable Media Online page.

As nice as those pages are, they serve as evidence of a totally broken process. A process that we’re expecting our users to endure in order for our digital content to have relevance. This isn’t a recipe for success.

Our are audiobook offerings something that we can be proud of? If not, why are we representing ourselves like this?

Minimalist Package Redesigns

The minimalist redesigns have quite an impact, don’t you think? Keep this in mind as your designing things around the library.


Sneak Peak 2: Remixed


Sneak Peek

Happy Holidays from Walking Paper

Things Organized Neatly

So soothing. In my top 10 tumblrs for sure: Things Organized Neatly

Bosch & Fjord’s Ordrup School

Can you tolerate a few more pictures of a brightly colored school?

Inventing a new language to describe this new pattern of learning, Bosh and Fjord galvanized their design concept around three central themes: “peace and absorption,” “discussion and cooperation,” and “security and presence.” With these three central modes of learning, a diversity of education spaces for children unfolded—colorful “hot pods” for group discussion, organically shaped tables for group work and creative play, personalized learning “booths” for reflective work, and playful circular tubes for reading and contemplation. Bosh & Fjord recognized that we all learn very differently, and they transformed Ordrup School based on this conviction. The form of Ordrup School, albeit playful and beautiful, now follows the function.

More pictures and info about the design process at Co.Design

Pentagram for Achievement First Endeavor Middle School

“With a little paint and some bold typography, a school designed to change the life of its students has undergone a transformation of its own.” via Tim Lauer

Those stickers would make some attractive library cards.

Previously on Walking Paper: Pentagram for the Library Initiative

About Roger

All of the “roger” found in Spacelog is great and got me wondering how the word came to be used that way. I figured that using “roger” and “copy” in the sense of “I understand” were rooted in military communication. “Copy” makes sense, but “roger?” It turns out that before the NATO phonetic alphabet in which R is spoken as “Romeo” the US military used the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet in which R is “Roger.” So the shortened version of “received” was R, or “roger.”

Explanations of the differences between “copy” and “roger” are varied and unsatisfactory. I’m sure that like many words the usage changed subtlety over time and distance and a definitive answer might be impossible to find.

Spacelog is Impressive. Roger.

Spacelog is an absolutely stunning and fun to use interface for the transcripts of the Apollo 13 and Mercury 6 space missions. It is the best website I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know what I enjoyed more: reading the transcripts or using the website. And not just because of its excessive use of the word “roger.” Take, for instance, the use of images.

The open source font League Gothic was an inspired choice as it echoes a font used in the original documents.

The Twitter-like display of transmissions is effective and fun. Much like the new New York Times feature, each transmission is linkable.

The site really demonstrates how visual design and a usable interface can enhance content, give it a new life, and help tell a story.