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Putting my career eggs into too many baskets -- writing and libraries

For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 30, 2015 - 8 answers

I Hear Fans of Dystopian Amish Memoirs Really Know How to Par-taaayyyyy!

Is there anything like Bandsintown or Pollstar for touring/visiting authors? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Aug 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Librarians rock. Show me how hard. ISO library-related parody videos.

I'm looking for YT videos along the lines of "CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week" and "Librarians Remake Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' Video, Win Internet." More like these, please? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Apr 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Give me the information. All of it!

For various reasons, I've been considering going back to school for information sciences. To aid me in this I've arranged to volunteer for the Texas Library Association's annual conference happening this week, which also means I get to see the exhibitions and go to networking stuff. Hooray! But now I'm getting overwhelmed. So much vocab I don't know! Out of all of the libraries in all of the places in all of the world, Mefites, what sorts of programs should I be talking to? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Save me from my own big mouth and help me make this little passport

So I agreed to help with a "Library Passport" project which is going to be GREAT except I'm in a bit over my head, could use template help or item sourcing. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Deciding between two library jobs

I have to choose between two librarian positions soon, and could use others' advice and experience. I have been an academic librarian for a number of years, married to an academic, and we have both received offers from the same two universities. This is great, because we get to finally live together full-time. But, the two librarian jobs and universities are quite different. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Degrees of Degrees...

I have an MLIS and work in a govt. library (US). Trying to decide if I should go back to school for either an MS in Knowledge Management or another Bachelor's in Computer Science (to add to my totally unrelated Bachelor of Fine Arts degree) to move forward in my career and contribute more to the 'back-end' of library systems and services. They would both take about the same amount of time to complete. Do you have thoughts about or experience similar to this? [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz on Jan 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Why does my local library never have the books it says it has?

I have a well-funded local public library. Whenever I go to look for books, the ones that are supposed to be there (according to the online catalog) are not on the shelf. This goes for about half of the books I look for. What gives? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Oct 31, 2014 - 32 answers

Best WordPress gallery for small museum and library collection

I'm putting a small (about 120 items) museum/library image collection online. My organization is using WordPress to create a simple website for this collection, and I need help finding the best gallery/portfolio plugin to display these images. What's your favorite WordPress plugin for this, and why? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Sep 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Surely the internet will know-- exact copyright date for cataloging?

If I had an ISBN and CIP, including a copyright year, would the exact date of copyright also be findable? I have the year, but how could I get the month and day? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Syncing libraries (iPhoto, etc.) between two Macs using External HD?

I am thinking of buying an external HD to store my iPhoto, iTunes, Lightroom, and possibly iMovie libraries so I can switch between my iMac and Macbook Air. Will this work? Thoughts, tips, caveats? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Good data visualizations for library reporting?

I'm looking for examples of attractive, compelling data visualizations by libraries showing use by patrons, engagement with communities, etc.. Basically, clear, eye-catching demonstrations by libraries of their value, with an emphasis on numbers / statistics. What should I be looking at?
posted by ryanshepard on May 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Transitioning from academia back to a former job

I'm coming to think that, while I don't hate academia, I'm beginning to like it less and less and have apprehensions about continuing through to my dissertation. I'm in my second year of the PhD program, and have a masters with practical application in the field that I was working in before deciding to continue on to my PhD. The place where I was working, a public library, is now hiring for a position similar to the one that I was in before I left. Typically my master's degree would command a higher salary, and I think I would probably need a little bit more than what they're offering to live comfortably and start paying down my extant debt accrued during my masters (I'm not taking on any new loans, thankfully). I left on great terms, and feel like a really strong candidate for the job with the skills I've gained in the interim, but would only be able to take it with slightly higher salary than they offer now. I loved this job, and it's looking more and more appealing compared to my current experience in academia. What steps should I take to contact the HR department of the library system to a) let them know that I'm interested and suss out how interested they might be in me, and b) talk about flexibility in salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Library and Museum Digital Projects

I am on a team at a public library and we are looking at what we can do to expand our digital presence. I have looked at websites like the Smithsonian and Library of Congress and I am looking for suggestions of other institutions that are trying new things online.
posted by zzazazz on Dec 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Which schools have strong programs in digital librarianship?

What schools have strong programs in digital librarianship or digital curation? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Aug 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Articles/videos/podcasts about truth, research, or information?

Restructuring my college course on information literacy to make it more interesting and relevant to students. I'm looking for really interesting resources related to topics in information: intellectual freedom, authority as a social construct, issues with bias and objectivity, information as a commodity, metadata, primary source research, research as the quest for truth, remix culture/creative commons, etc. [more inside]
posted by denriguez on Aug 5, 2013 - 1 answer

October adventures in ME, NH and VT

My brother-in-law will be getting married at the outdoor chapel in Camden, ME in mid-October. Yes, the idea of an outdoor wedding along the seacost of Maine in autumn strikes me as a less-than-ideal plan, but that's a different subject altogether. I will have two weeks for visiting northern New England, so an itinerary of sorts needs developing. And here's where YOU come in! [more inside]
posted by stannate on May 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Public Spaces for Reading in Queens?

What are the best transit accesible public spaces for sitting and reading in Queens? Even after the renovation of the Queens Central Library, it's still hard on the eyes. Are there attractive libraries? Privately owned public spaces, like the Olympic Tower Atrium in Manhattan? Hotel lobbies? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on May 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Low-budget DIY microfiche scanning?

In the next day or two, I'll be getting some microfiche via ILL for an academic project. Ideally, I'd be able to digitize portions (50-100pp, probably) of them for future use in a way more efficient (and cheaper...) than printing out paper copies and scanning them. I have a Nikon D80 with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 105mm f/2.8 (I think) and a tripod, an iPad 3, a MacBook Pro, and a grad student budget. My campus has photocopiers that are also flatbed scanners; I'd be able to use one for an extended period of time if necessary. Any suggestions about the best ways to do this?
posted by naturalog on Apr 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Better response rate: direct email questions or an online survey?

I would like to follow up with participants from two recent leadership workshops, to get an idea of how they have incorporated what they learned, or how they have moved up in their careers (librarianship, if it matters), etc. Would I get better results if I emailed each participant directly and asked for their input via email, in a narrative form, or ask them to complete an online survey? [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Library usability in the 20th century?

Recommendations for articles / books on library usability research in the past? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 2, 2013 - 2 answers

The Transatlantic Librarian

Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Mar 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Give this technically-not-a-librarian a job title!

I was hired nearly two years ago at a University Library when starting my MLS program but I was never given a job title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Combining 2 iTunes Libraries

Two macs, one old, one newer. Trying to combine to distinct iTunes libraries into one, without losing playlists. [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain on Feb 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Librarians in media

What are some films or TV shows about librarians, or that feature prominent/notable characters that are librarians?
posted by Bektashi on Jan 20, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I be a great children's librarian?

I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What are the negative results of purging library records?

Libraries purge their records in reaction to Section 215. Why does a shortened life cycle for these records pose a hardship for libraries? In other words, if a library used to keep these records for, say, a year or longer, and in the face of Section 215 now purges weekly or daily, they're losing use of those records for 51 weeks or more--what benefit did the library used to have in keeping those records that extra 51 weeks?
posted by longhaultrucker on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Web page about recording research path, pre-computer age?

Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
posted by Speculatist on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

I want to find contact details for every library in the UK

Does there exist a list of address/contact details for all libraries in the UK (or Scotland)? Failing that, is there a way that I could acquire or build such a list without doing it manually?
posted by Kirn on Sep 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Peeking inside the Dewey Decimal System's history

[Dewey Decimal Filter] Looking for information about the Dewey Decimal System and its history of revisions. In particular: When and why did Mormonism get moved from Dewey Decimal classification 290 (non-Christian religions) to 289 (other Christian denominations)? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

DIY Felt/Flannel Story Pieces

What is the best method for making my own flannel or felt story board and story pieces? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Aug 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Standout cultural memberships in NYC

Which museums, venues & institutions in New York City have the most rewarding membership programs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me organize a library with lots of unbound materials

I'm helping a tiny non-profit to organize their materials into a library. How should I deal with all the unbound print materials, such as print-offs of journal articles, maps, posters, and so forth? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Apr 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Corporate Library Jobs

Are there any former corporate librarians out there having any luck with getting a job in public or academic libraries? In the corporate library our jobs focused more on online literature research and analysis of information, writing reports and not so much on traditional reference desk work, circulation, or tech services duties--so I don't have much recent experience there. Meanwhile corporate libraries are closing right and left. I can still learn other library roles but everyone wants years of experience.
posted by sandra194 on Apr 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us turn our restroom back into somewhere safe for kids

Short-staffed libraries, how do you keep your restrooms from becoming a hookup spot? Seriously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 34 answers

There's a purse using this computer, and a stack of books and a Pepsi using the one in the corner....

Thanks to everyone's help, I've taken steps towards creating a more welcoming hospital library. Now help me discourage library users from leaving their stuff at the computers all day - in the least passive-aggressive way possible. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Fun Cabin Fever ideas for your/ our community?

We'd like to hold a Cabin Fever party at our public library next month and are looking for a few creative ideas. We're in New Hampshire & a break during the long winter spell is always welcomed. [more inside]
posted by woodman on Jan 23, 2012 - 8 answers

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days?

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Nov 23, 2011 - 9 answers

In the 1920s, was smoking indoors allowed at the NYPL?

Was smoking indoors at the New York Public Library (the main branch) ever permitted? I'm specifically interested in what the rules were during the 1920s. It seems like it would have been a terrible idea to allow it, but given the prevalence of smoking during that period, I'm curious as to if it was actually banned or not. I have been googling, but haven't been able to find anything helpful.
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo on Nov 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Highway crossing frog, where are you?

What relatively current console games contain a port of the original arcade frogger? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 24, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the best CMS for this project on banned books

What's the best CMS for this project? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 answers

ILL turnaround stats for research libraries?

Librarians: Do you know of any current publications that rank borrowing performance - specifically ILL turnaround time - for academic libraries? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 9, 2011 - 5 answers

How to create a more welcoming hospital library?

Library anxiety - my patrons have it. How can I make our (already architecturally interesting and physically comfortable) hospital library feel more welcoming, while still remaining professional? What makes you feel comfortable in a library? Special snowflake details to follow. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Sep 2, 2011 - 25 answers

Olde Time New York Periodicals Online?

Online searchable archives of early 20th century NYC newspapers that are *not* the New York Times? [more inside]
posted by bepe on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Archives crash course for a (future) librarian

Do you have any tips for a librarian-in-training (not archivist-in-training) on how to best approach organizing and cataloging personal archives, without the guidance of an archivist? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jul 27, 2011 - 6 answers

how to create an iTunes "joint" library?

Need a non-complicated method to merge 2 iTunes libraries while preserving playlists. Halp! [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Jun 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Query for books by author's age?

How can I find books written by authors that are 80 years old or older? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn on May 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Recommendations for Bay Area libraries to visit

My friend and I are going on a driving tour of awesome/strange/compelling Bay Area libraries and we're looking for recommendations. The only one on the list so far is the Mills College rare books room. We're open to special libraries, public libraries, academic . . . . the only criteria is that it is not actually in San Francisco (since we have use of a car for the day we don't want to waste it on things she can access via public transportation). Recommendations?
posted by gingham on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 answers

How to dip a toe into the ocean of Digital Librarianship?

Librarians of Metafilter: Let's say I have a week to orient myself to the world of digital librarianship. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 8, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I know about long-term maintenance of a large library of personal books?

What should I know about long-term maintenance of a large library of personal books? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Apr 3, 2011 - 10 answers

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