BayNet OnCallLib Listserv

BayNet is pleased to announce the creation of a new listserv intended to facilitate discussion on the use of on-call library workers in the Bay Area. On-call* (aka temporary part-time, extra-hire, hourly, casual, pool, substitute, adjunct, and temporary exempt) library work is generally defined as work performed by employees who are not classified as permanent. These employees are generally without regular schedules and benefits, and are deployed as-needed. The list will both serve current institutional members, who may be seeking better ways to manage on-call workers, and provide outreach to non-members.

The list is primarily intended for San Francisco Bay Area librarians, library managers, and other workers, from all types of library, who have an interest in the use of on-call employees. This may include librarians who currently work on-call, managers or administrators of on-call pools, students who think they may be working on-call in the future, on-call clerks, assistants, and pages, and any other interested parties. Because a function of this list is outreach, non-members of BayNet are welcome, as well as members. Out of area participants will not be barred, but messages should retain local focus.

We hope that the this listserv will create opportunities to solve logistical problems, solicit peer support, and find a larger pool of qualified on-call candidates.

Emily Weak, who writes a fantastic blog entitled Hiring Librarians, is going to moderate both the OnCall listserv and the BayNet general membership list.

To subscribe to OnCallLib, click here. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

Please access the guidelines for posting here.



Discover & Go

The program provides library patrons with FREE passes to a number of museums and cultural institutions in the Bay Area. See the list of participating partners at Discover & Go.

Access your participating library’s online reservation system and print your free passes. It’s that easy!


Contra Costa County Library

Marin County Free Library

Oakland Public Library

San Mateo County Library


Participating partners include:

  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Bedford Gallery
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California Historical Society
  • California Shakespeare Theater
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • Charles M. Schulz Museum
  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Exploratorium
  • GLBT History Museum
  • The Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Museum of Children’s Art
  • Museum of Craft and Folk Art
  • Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
  • Napa Valley Museum
  • Oakland Aviation Museum
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Pacific Pinball Museum
  • Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
  • Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • USS Hornet Museum
  • Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts



Art Exhibit with a library bent

Xequina Berber has submitted a piece entitled “The Librarian’s New Shoes” in a new art show at The Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

The exhibit Reflections is running October 5-December 22, with themes of contemplation, indication, likeness, mirror image, expression, criticism, imagination, opinion, and view.

The Frank Better Center is located at 1601 Paru Street @ Lincoln Street, Alameda, 94501. (510) 523-6957