Released: BayNet Newsletter Winter 2017

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

In the Fall 2016 issue:

Online Library 2.016 Conference Examines the Future of Libraries by Allison Randall Gatt: This write-up of the Online Library 2.016 Conference covers everything about the future of libraries from information visualization to do the intersection of libraries and democracy (very important these days).

From Essential Librarian to Essential Leader by Elise Y. Wong: This librarian outlines her journey from becoming an essential part of her library to becoming a full-blown leader in her department. I think we could all use some ground-up inspiration once in a while.

Library Events Around the BayA calendar of library events going on in the next few weeks around the Bay! Grow your network, take a walk around Chinatown with BayNet, and take in an exhibit at the American Bookbinder’s Museum. Yes, there’s a bookbinder’s museum. Check it out!

Tools for Measuring Social Media Success by Ginny  Mies: With the end of the fiscal year looming on the horizon, it’s a good time to take a look at how that social media presence is providing some Return on Investment.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting by Diana Wakimoto: BayNet held an event talking about the art of Yarnbombing and how it can be a powerful force of social justice activism! Not to mention a handy craft in case of the apocalypse.

Archives: Visit the BayNet Website! A 20 year old reprint of the President’s Message from Winter of 1997. Concerns about hardware problems and navigating an ever-changing technological landscape sure don’t sound familiar to me at all. At least that was before everything you did online was being watched!

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

Hayward Public Library Featured in American Libraries

Rendering of new Hayward Public Library building

Rendering of new Hayward Public Library building

American Libraries recently published an article in their January/February 2015 issue entitled Referenda Roundup, which is an overview of how different libraries performed in the November mid-term election on a state-by-state basis. And when it comes to California, the Bay Area made headlines.

The county of Alameda has recently voted to give the Hayward Public Library the proceeds of a half-cent sales tax that will raise about $10 million per year, which will certainly help the construction and maintenance of the $60 million library building and park which will be completed by February of 2017. Hayward, the sixth largest city in the Bay Area, currently has the smallest libraries in the Bay Area when measured in square feet per capita (measuring in at about 0.25 square feet per person). It’s only 0.05 square feet per person away from the lowest in the entire state!

The new building is set to replace the current building, built in 1951, and will be three stories tall, and leveraging the latest in green technologies. The building will be zero-net-energy, running on solar power and no fossil fuels. In keeping with California’s need for water conservation, the library will harvest rain water from the nearby park, library roof, and parking garage into a 400,000 gallon storage tank which will filter and sterilize water when demand is high.

For more information on the new Hayward Public Library building, check out their website:

October 18th: Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour

October 18th: Library 2 Library Bike Tour!If you’ve enjoyed the recent posts about Mountain View Public Library’s Bike Events, now is the time to attend one yourself! On October 18th, the Mountain View Public Library will join three other local libraries to host the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour: a fun bicycle tour for library lovers, bicycle enthusiasts, and bibliophiles. It will connect four Silicon Valley libraries, beginning in San Jose and ending in Mountain View. Each library stop will include a craft, a fun event, and a Library tour. Ride with the group or go at your own pace; just hop on and off whenever you want. Admission is, as always, free to the public. Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle and bike lock!

Released: BayNet Newsletter Fall 2014

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

In the Fall 2014 issue:

The Power of Personal Stories by Marta Fuchs: Learn how to use personal stories to connect with groups.

Becoming a Successful Indie Author/Publisher by Deborah Hunt and David Grossman: Two successful indie authors/publishers share their reasons for not signing on with a traditional publisher

The Benefits of Twitter in 20 Tweets by Diana Wakimoto and Aline Soules: Reasons to use Twitter for more than personal reasons from two academic librarians

And a notice about Inventor’s Workshops available from The Lawrence Hall of Science: A great way to get kids interested in science at your library!

If you’d like to submit an article for publication in the Winter 2014 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor