Categories
Libraries

Meanie

In which I muse upon the customer service skill needs of all levels of library staff. Lesson: please set your default behavior to “polite.”

Categories
Libraries

If You Build It/Lead a Horse to It

I’m attempting to get some posts out of “draft” status. Here is one I started a few weeks ago. I found an essay at LISNews written by librarian, Abigail Goben, regarding the needs of patrons between the ages of 20-40. Goben posits that libraries, while doing an admirable job finding new and exciting ways to […]

Categories
Libraries

Free Library of Philadelphia May Close

The Free Library of Philadelphia, a system of libraries which includes over fifty branches, may be closing on October 2nd due to a “state budget crisis and legislation impasse.” Lights off, doors locked. All 54 locations. The library has already cut staff, streamlined work flows, reduced hours, and shuffled remaining staff in order to try […]

Categories
Books Libraries Life

Posts that Might Have Been

I didn’t leave enough time to blog today. I was busy dancing among TEI elements and figuring out how the XML editor, <oXygen />, works. Also: eating strawberries, cataloging one or two books, learning about dinosaurs (via cataloging) and doing more research on bird watching iPhone apps. Things you may have been lucky enough to […]

Categories
Books Cataloging

E-books, Where are You Taking Us?

At the last Technical Services Department meeting, I heard Executive Associate Dean Carolyn Walters talk about (among other things) the future of libraries and cataloging. She mentioned e-books and how this format may change the publishing industry. Since then, I’ve seen a thread on the AUTOCAT listserv on how to catalog a Kindle- the actual […]

Categories
Libraries Technology Theatre Web 2.0

Tag, You’re It

Experienced Tweeters know to use hashtags to make it easier for others to follow a specific topic. A hashtag might be used for a general topic, such as #TV or #haiku. Professionals often hashtag conferences such as #ALAMW09 (American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2009). I’ve seen a few professors encourage their students to get accounts […]

Categories
Cataloging Gardening

In which She Cleans Up

In preparation for my new position, I’ve been methodically doing bits of cleaning at my desk so that I won’t have to do it all at once when I move. I found a few sheets from an old word of the day calendar. The words are niveous, sequacious, nugatory, persiflage, and syllepsis. I’m not sure […]

Categories
Cataloging Life

Shiny News

Note: this post was written on Thurs, April 16 but could not be published until administration had its ducks in a row, which was quite quickly. I am very happy to report that I have just accepted the position of Metadata Specialist & Cataloger in the Indiana University Libraries Technical Services Department. This is a […]

Categories
Culture Libraries

And Then There was Distraction

I’m going through my GoogleReader bookmarks again. Here are a few stuffs I found. Dirty Librarian Chains. There are quite a few unique-looking necklaces and bracelets (and rings and earings too). They are out of my price range but fun to look at. I like Archive, Due Date, Publication and Source Bracelet in particular but […]

Categories
Libraries Technology

Libraries on the Go (and We’re Losing the Mule)

I need to get this post out early so I’ll have time to prep and relax when I get home for tomorrow afternoon’s interview (wish me luck). This post probably won’t be very well crafted (as if yesterday’s post was well-crafted and meaningful!). There are, however, a few things going on in Library Land that […]