Friday, July 31, 2009

The Google Alert and the Ellipsis...

I got a Google Alert for "Brockton Public Library," with the following text in the alert message, "The library is open Monday from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 ... in the Joseph A. Driscoll Gallery of the Brockton Public Library. ..." This was from the Hanson Town Crier - Raynham, MA, USA, "Art scene listings for the week beginning July 30." I was concerned because hours in the alert are not our hours at Brockton. Would I need to contact the newspaper for a correction? When I clicked on the article, it turned out that the hours are for a photo display described in the section before the ellipsis, at the Rockland Memorial library. In the section that includes our Driscoll Gallery art exhibit, BPL's hours are listed correctly. This was a proper use of ellipsis, good indexing, and an overreaction by yours truly.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

PBS comes to BPL

On Monday, July 13th we hosted Boston PBS Public Television Station WGBH, Channel 2, who were filming an episode of "Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman." This is a children's show that combines live action with animation. This episode focuses on how the public library is used by Private Investigators. Child actors and a production crew, spent all day Monday, and half of Tuesday, working mostly in the Reference, microfilm and History Room areas. Because of the extensive animation to accompany the live action, the episode is projected to air next summer.