Posts Tagged ‘books’

If you’re reading this blog you’re probably reading pretty green, at least when you can.  But…  are you really living green as you can? 

Check out these tips from The Onion to see what simple changes you can make.

Seriously though, Read Green and Live Green!

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Man, I wish I’d had one of these growing up!

This house was unveiled last summer to kick off their summer reading program. I moved last year and somehow my Winter 2008 copy of Children & Libraries was just forwarded to me about a month ago! I’m glad it finally made it though. Anyway, there are complete instructions on how to build your own included with the article. I just may have to try this one some day.

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I love The Onion.

Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book!!

Sad part is – it’s not that far from the truth these days…

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I’ve been a bit absent from my blog over the past couple of weeks. Between one thing and another life has kept me busy, or sleeping in bed trying to kill icky sick bug things… And then, most importantly, I have not been inspired. 😦 But this week that all changed. Okay, well not everything, but I have finally been visited by the inspiration bug again – along with a parasitic sinus bug, but beggars can’t be choosers right?

Okay, so I watched a lot of YouTube videos about libraries while I was in a feverish haze. I, of course, enjoyed the March of the Librarians, very clever. However, the one video that stuck with me the most was not made by a library, but by a patron, a young patron. Here it is:

Okay, so I’m a little unsure about what exactly happened with the coma thing, but I do understand about the frustration of fines. We’ve all been there. Sometimes, no matter how much you try things happen and you forget to return a book, and admittedly a $9 fine is quite steep, considering the book could very possibly be purchased for that amount. Why not offer solutions for this like volunteer hours to pay off fines, special days when patrons can pay $1 to release all of their fines, Guitar Hero challenges – beat the librarian and your fines are waived, etc? Do we really want to be unable to help patrons because of fines they can’t afford to pay? There are better solutions.

I must say though, he must really appreciate being able to use his library. Afterall, why else would he create a false identity to resume access?? That’s dedication.

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Okay, I’ll admit it. My initial reaction when I heard the news of the Maricopa library dumping Dewey. I was immediately aghast, and against it. My instinct wanting to keep Dewey said, “Well, sure we have always talked about needing better signs to help find books in Non Fiction, but that’s all we need – no need to take away the call numbers too! How will anyone ever manage to find a specific book in a whole field full of ‘History’ books.”

As I pondered this and wondered how in the world the Maricopa’s new system could possibly work better, I wandered around the Net reading all about it. Then I found it – Gather No Dust: Doing it without Dewey – the blog that spelled it all out for me, and I felt really silly for not seeing ‘it’ sooner, as blatant as it was right there in front of me.

Even with better signs the Dewey numbers will still ‘scare’ patrons. Sometimes they won’t even consider going in to that part of the library. I don’t think it’s really that it’s hard, just that it’s very unfamiliar to many people. Now Maricopa has taken a layout and format that is already familiar to everyone, and essentially reformatted their library. It seems to work kind of like genre sections in Fiction, but instead of Horror you have Cooking or Gardening-Perennials. I like it. I think it could work really well.

I do have one suggestion that I think would help it be even more familiar to patrons and also make it easier to find things in a larger collection. At Maricopa they use subject labels and shelve them alphabetically by title – why not add the author’s last name to the label and shelve them the same way fiction is shelved. Browsing is still fully possible, and consistency always makes things easier.

Now how do we get everyone else in the world to realize this is a good idea?

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I had quite a shock yesterday. For those of you who work with Innovative – Millenium – Milcirc or whatever you might call it this will be easy to understand, and I’ll try to explain it as best as I can for everyone else.

I’m finishing my degree at Dominican this Fall and taking my last two classes. One is this class, Library 2.0, and the other is Collection Development. Now I have no problem buying my books, but I already have several at home that I will never look at again. So, I decided to check out my Collection Development textbook through the library. I got my copy, but unfortunately it was due back before the syllabus came out, and I had to return it as another patron had a hold on it so I could not renew it. I thought, no problem I’ll just put another hold on it and the next one which is due back 9/4 will come my way with plenty of time to read whatever I might need to read. Well, yesterday I realized I should have had it a week ago. I looked at my record to find out where it was, and there I saw the most horrible thing.

Someone had altered my hold. I thought I must have missed something so I went to the title record, but it did not list my system wide hold. Of the three books due back my hold had been changed to an item level hold on the one due back last – 9/25. This won’t leave me enough time to get the book back and read it before class on 9/29, and that would only be if they actually returned it on time… I was shocked. A fellow student – another librarian (possibly more than one!) had performed this diabolical act. I am now going to have to find the $60 to purchase the book, and hope I can get it in time.

After looking through all the title records and figuring in when I had returned my copy so the person who had the hold could get it , I am certain of who it is that performed this deed. Yes, I know the name of the person. I’m not going to mention it here, but I know. There was a second book that was due back soon after that (around 9/11), and that one should also have come to me, but I can’t be sure if I was shuffled from one to another by a second person, who also shall not be named, or if it just so happens that the first person put my hold on the third book after it had been checked out by its current holder.

I had the ability to do exactly the same thing, or I could have simply held on to the book and dismissed my fines when I finally returned it, but instead I did the right thing. A fellow librarian and classmate has snubbed and insulted me. I won’t soon forget this.

If you’re reading this, you know who you are, and I hope you will develop a better sense of ethics before you graduate. Know that if I am ever assigned to do group work with you, I can assure you I will discuss this situation with the professor and ask to be moved to another group. It’s amazing to me what small acts come to shape who a person is.

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