Share your work and stories with the members of BayNet

BayNet is a multidisciplinary library association dedicated to fostering the work of individuals in a variety of roles at different types of information organizations across the Bay Area. We have much to share and learn from one another, so submit a piece about what’s happening at your organization to the BayNet Newsletter.

We’d like to see articles on a variety of topics: professional development, workshops and events, issues of perennial interest to information professionals, ideas for fostering diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, and experiences that have allowed your organizations to learn and thrive. Let us know what you learned at conferences this year, or what you learned by DIY’ing it in your own institutions! Celebrate your work and the work of your colleagues! Enlighten us on best practices and upcoming Fall events of note!

The deadline for submissions to the Fall 2018 issue is August 15, 2018. Images are encouraged (make sure you have permissions and that usage isn’t restricted by copyright!); check out submission guidelines, including length and formatting, here.

We look forward to reading stellar articles by a diverse variety of professionals and paraprofessionals working in all kinds of information environments!

Released: BayNet Newsletter Fall 2016

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at

In the Fall 2016 issue:

Bring Digital Literacy to your Library with Coding by Anna Tschetter: Starting a Girls Who Code Club in the library can be a great way to incorporate digital literacy and coding skills into library spaces.

Building a Culture of Technology in your Library by Ginny Miesi: Some great ways to change the culture of your library to bring everyone into their comfort zone around technology. Using a Canadian library as an example, the article gives great tips on how to keep up with the times.

Library Events Around the BayA calendar of library events going on in the next few weeks around the Bay! Grow your network, learn something, and maybe have a few drinks while you’re at it.

San Francisco Giants 30th Anniversary By Paul Grippaldi: Digital Revolution was tasked with restoring some of the archival materials for the SF Giant’s 30th Anniverary celebration. Learn the process that helped preserve this team’s fantastic history.

Guatemalan Volunteering Experience by Sirous Monajami: A great write-up from a San Francisco librarian detailing her time spent volunteering in a library in Central America. Learn about their struggles with event space, reading room, and ailing buildings. Not that that’d be familiar to anyone.

Pokemon Go Meetup by Diana Wakimoto: BayNet held a Pokemon Go meetup in August in Hayward. The group shared their experiences, dropped yarn bombs, and caught more than a few Pokemon.

Archives: Visit the BayNet Website! A 20 year old reprint announcing the BayNet “Web Site” in 1996 is complete with Netscape directions and how to streamline your reading experience using a text-only browser. Ahhh… the good ol’ days.

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Winter 2017 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

Released: BayNet Newsletter Winter 2016

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at

In the Winter 2016 issue:

Media Preservation: A Case Study by Paul Grippaldi: Ever wondered what happened to those old tapes from 30 years ago you found moldering away in your attic? Learn how one media specialist breathes new life into old, otherwise ruined, video recordings in this case study.

Special Collections Librarian Named Director of San Francisco’s Sutro Library by Ms. Colyn Wohlmut: The local branch of the State Library got a new library director. Learn more about her and her background before she takes the helm of this illustrious institution.

Snapping Up Snapchat… Is It Worth It? by Ginny Mies: Snapchat is for more than just taking selfies. This article discusses how non-profits and libraries can use Snapchat to engage with patrons and increase their visibility in this new and underutilized application.

NOCALL 2016 Spring Institute: New Challenges, New Opportunities by Sheryln Takacs: The Northern California Association of Law Libraries is holding it’s annual Spring Institute. Learn about some of the exciting programs that are in store for attendees. Act fast, registration closes March 4th (This Friday!)

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Spring 2016 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

The Snowman by Joe Nesbo

By Janet Heston
Janet Heston is a retired Librarian from the Livermore Public Library

nesboJo Nesbo, the winner of numerous book awards, is a Norwegian crime writer, who has written nine titles in his Harry Hole mystery series. Police Inspector Harry Hole is a graduate of Police College and LawSchool, and has taken a one year course with the FBI, specializing in serial killers. The Snowman is the seventh in the series. Nesbo’s Harry Hole is based in Oslo, Norway.

Terrifying, suspenseful, crime novels are my genre of choice. Since I have become a fan of Scandinavian crime novels, author Henning Mankell has written his last in his Wallander series (I also recommend the films) and Steig Larsson, of the dragon tattooed girl fame, is deceased; The Snowman is a first-rate book to introduce the reader to the Scandinavian crime genre and Jo Nesbo is surely to be a favorite. The Leopard, number 8 in the series, is also excellent. Phantom, number 9, is not yet available in the U.S. I have read this series out of order, but have had no trouble understanding the history of the characters. I have gone back to the beginning of Harry Hole because of a curiosity for more specifics of his past.

The Snowman is a dark, chilling suspense thriller, and it takes the reader on a frightful journey that ends with a bang. Harry Hole is a troubled man, who is a struggling alcoholic, but a champion for crime victims. He is not well-liked by his superiors or coworkers, but he still insinuates himself into the investigations of felonious crimes. Harry has a tendency to get into messy situations while trying to solve these crimes. This time, a wife and mother is unaccounted for and instead of this being a missing persons case, it turns out to be a case of serial murder.

Women have gone missing over the course of many years, coinciding with the first snowfall and the manifestation of a life-sized snowman. The description of the sudden appearance of the snowman is creepy and leaves the reader on edge. The feeling of dread that accompanies these scenes makes the reader push for Harry Hole to hurry up and solve the case.

So many different suspects come into view, but not until the very end of the book, does the true killer come to light. Despite his flaws, Harry Hole is an admirable character, who has built a loyal following for this critically acclaimed Norwegian author.

Volunteer’s experience at a school library

By Blanche Chase
Blanche is an archival researcher at Available Now!, a library Technical Services Assistant at Sierra Club, and a volunteer with the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

The following article was published in the BayNet Fall 2012 Newsletter.

In January 2012, one of the pages at my local branch library put together a small group of library technical services assistants to volunteer at a nearby public elementary school. The school had re-opened after a two-year renovation and our one-day “crowd sourcing” was to begin the automation process – copy cataloging, adding new spine labels, barcodes to expedite the checkout process and adding the library’s collection into the school district’s online catalog.

Criss Cross Applesauce I had some time while looking for a library job of my own, so I offered to continue. Sitting in the back of the room while classes came into the library throughout the day, I had an opportunity to observe education in action. Some days student behavior was challenging but every day in the library was inspiring.

The teacher-librarian might select one book and read it to all five grades that visited that day. With each class, a different character or aspect of the story would be pointed out or a new word discussed. The students always had something to add to the discussion, relevant or not. Around St. Patrick’s Day she read them a story about a marching band, adding something specific to their neighborhood about San Francisco’s parade.

Near the anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge she read a story about the building of the bridge and told them that her grandfather had been among the engineers who had worked on it. She let them hold a bolt from the bridge that had fascinated her when she was a child. Every book presented a chance to share something new and relevant – linking books to their experience.

One Tuesday the third grade class entered the library and sat criss-cross applesauce on the colorful rug in front of her. Ms. C. held up an open book and asked the students “What’s the name of this page?” And they shouted “Title Page!” She went on, “What does the illustrator do?” Hands shot up. “He draws the pictures!”

She opened to the back of the book and asked, “What do we call these pages?” In unison they responded, “Index!” All the more astounding after hearing David Silver’s aside about USF students using Google rather than a cookbook’s index to find a recipe.

Another afternoon Ms. C. mentioned that she had been to the Main to hear a presentation by one of their favorite illustrators, Jerry Pinkney. They excitedly crowded around her cell phone and she showed them photos of him inscribing a book to their school! They were proud and delighted; their enthusiasm was genuine and infectious.

On one of the last days of school, it was my turn to read to the third graders. They rejected the more “serious” titles I’d selected and instead wanted to hear from Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space.

Choosing one of the noisy boys to read the first page, I stood beside him in case he needed help. After a paragraph, he chose his friend to read next, gently pushing me out of the way so he could be the one to help if needed. This went on for the rest of their library visit- one student reading, one offering help with troublesome words. They listened to each other; almost everyone wanted a turn reading to the class.

Ms. C. is a responsive teacher-librarian who actively encourages students to walk their own paths to lifelong learning. She introduced me to model library standards and talked about her plan for collection development. I looked over her shoulder as she (quickly) spent her annual library budget, incorporating teacher requests and recommendations.

I had a wonderful time at school eavesdropping on childhood, even seeing some of the same titles I remember from my own early trips to the library. Throughout the school year, I saw these young students become increasingly able to access and use information, linking their lessons to the book being read. Some have trouble paying attention but most love to read and be read to; they want to be heard, they want to contribute. I saw how engaged the teachers are with the library, how reverent young children can be with their books – a wonderful reminder that “books are our friends.”

We may reprise the Flash Mob idea for a couple of days this fall (2012) to complete the non-fiction collection. Care to join us?