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Help me access this unicorn-like book

Librarians, researchers, logisticians: I'm working on a research project that centers on a court case from 1910. There appear to be only two copies of the transcript in existence. Please help me figure out my options. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Horoscope Library?

I've got an idea involving data-mining Horoscopes. Problem is... it seems really hard to find horoscopes online other than Today's and Yesterday's. Are there any free resources I can use to look at past daily/weekly horoscopes? [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Jul 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Academic library milestone event: what could it include?

My friend works in a US university library. They are trying to design a major event, basically a milestone/anniversary, and are trying to come up with ideas. The "anniversary task force" have so far come up with a flash mob, but this seems perhaps a little 2013(?) and cliched. They are ideally looking for contemporary things that are not hugely expensive or difficult to organize, and have little risk of incident, hassle or legal problems. Bonus if they are things that can be recorded for posterity and used in future library publicity.
posted by Wordshore on Jun 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Good hard news sources for teens

Searching for stuff about news for teens tends to get, well, news stories about teens or teeny-bopper mags. Please tell me about a good online news site aimed at teens that covers stuff like politics, the economy, international relations, etc. Does it exist? Teachers or librarians, can you help? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on May 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Re-homing Bridge Books, as in the card game/duplicate bridge

My Dad is heading to hospice, and one of his passions while I was a child is bridge. He amassed a library of books - 15 linear feet or so - for this card game beginning in 70's-80's, with a few more recent titles. (Details below) [more inside]
posted by childofTethys on May 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Ebook library for a geographically distributed team?

My work team is interested in establishing a corporate library of books that we can all access. Since we are geographically dispersed, we thought ebooks would be a logical solution, but I can't figure out the best way to handle sharing books with the lending restrictions that ebooks have. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Apr 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Speeding up the Organizing of Movies in iTunes Library

I am running iTunes 10.6.3 on an external HD for my iMac 2.93 Ghx Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB Memory. Movies are mp4. I want to organize in bulk by selecting a bunch of movies and putting them under "Horror", "Action", and "Unwatched", for example. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Apr 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Poetry activities for kids with low literacy

What are some poetry activities that might be fun for kids ages 8-13 who struggle with reading and writing? [more inside]
posted by banal retentive on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

I found it in WorldCat. Where is it in reality?

I'm doing some research on a recording made in New York in 1949. WorldCat has information on two photographs taken at the recording session, and a taped interview with the conductor. The trouble is that they have no information on any libraries that hold these items. What am I missing here? We have information that clearly came from someone looking at the photos and listening to the tape, but where are they? Thanks for any help. WorldCat links below the fold. [more inside]
posted by in278s on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Do you have experience with the CoverOne book repair machine?

Specifically the 620 model sold by Scholastic. Is it any good? Would you suggest a different machine or book binding method? I'm thinking about it for both fabricating yearbooks and library book rescue.
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 12, 2015 - 1 answer

I need alternatives to working an office job (and still pay my bills)

Can you offer suggestions for a (radical or not-so-radical) career shift from office-y type work to something...else? I am at the end of my rope, and so are my loved ones, who are out of suggestions for me. [more inside]
posted by medeine on Mar 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Best way to put a small library database online?

I am responsible for a library of about 1200 books, which I've cataloged in a database. I'd like to put the database on our website so that readers can search for a book without having to visit the library. I have experience with Python and to a lesser extent, MySQL. What is the best way to create a searchable database online using these tools or something else that's relatively easy to learn?
posted by stinker on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

How to catalog my personal library? And do I really have to use Zotero?

What's the best way and least time consuming way to catalog my gazillions of books? And is Zotero really the greatest thing since sliced bread? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Feb 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Looking for Durable Display Panels for Library Elevators

I am looking for some sort of display panels for the elevators in our library. They will need to be bolted onto paneling. They should be durable and able to accommodate an 8.5" x 14" poster. [more inside]
posted by Wylie Kyoto on Feb 24, 2015 - 1 answer

Which library will give me access to the best ebook collection?

Specifically I am looking for libraries that will give me a library card as a non-resident, without having to show up to that library in person. I find that my local libraries don't always have the books that I'm interested in, so I figured if I cast a wider net I'd get a better selection of ebooks. [more inside]
posted by that girl on Feb 19, 2015 - 14 answers

How to gain classroom management skills

Okay, so technically I don't have a classroom, but an entire library. I'm a new school librarian and I'm really enjoying the job a lot more than I thought I would. Most of the kids are pretty well-behaved and the teachers are great at keeping them in line when they visit the school library. However, when I notice kids misbehaving or generally being disrespectful in the library, I really find it hard to speak up and "discipline" or "manage" them? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Feb 16, 2015 - 19 answers

Help Me Set Up a Database for Document Offers

I'd like to set up a web-based system that will allow me to enter document records and make them available to multiple groups of logged-in users on a set schedule so they can select documents they are interested in. After all is said and done, I want to be able to access a sorted list of the documents so I can get them where they need to go easily. [more inside]
posted by hmmnathan on Feb 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Software to develop a sewing pattern archive?

I'm looking for appropriate software to start documenting and cataloging a sewing pattern archive. What would be the most appropriate? I've seen this and this, but they are a little dated and not quite what I think I need. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 5, 2015 - 6 answers

What can I use my new personal library database for?

I've just finished adding all of my owned books into a personal database app. Now what can I do with that information? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me hack my OPAC

I am looking for a way to generate lists of library books from my library's catalog and have them display on a different webpage. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Jan 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Find me a book truck!

I am looking for a cart for transporting and displaying books (something like this). It seems like there is a substantial price range -- you can pay anywhere from $200 to $500 or more for a six-shelf cart! Does anyone have recommendations or experience with particular brands or models? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jan 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Putting my MLS to work.

I have a Master of Library Science, and for close to 15 years have been a public librarian. Does this qualify me for any type of freelance work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Ethics of downloading ebooks

Please help me decide how to ethically consume books now that I'm the owner of a brand shiny new Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 14, 2014 - 28 answers

Good place to study in Rosslyn/Arlington, VA

We are looking for a nice place to study in the mornings. Should be within a mile of the Rosslyn metro stop. Preferably they should be open by 7:00am, reasonably quiet, have wifi, and a comfortable temperature. We like Capital City Cheesecake, if that helps. Is the Plaza Branch Library decent? [more inside]
posted by molla on Nov 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Thought exercise: Dystopian Future Library

The scenario: access to the internet has been cut off due to (insert your worst fears here). Your only reading/reference material that you now have access to is what is on your shelves at home. Question: what are the best books to have stocked your shelves with beforehand?
posted by anemone on Nov 11, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me spend someone else's money!

I have the opportunity to request materials related to my discipline for my community college library. What should a language teacher ask for? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Oct 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books About Fishing

I'd like to add to my husband's very small library of books that have to do with fishing. Not limited specifically to just fishing, but more or less general maritime activities, such as crabbing, or boat-building, or mysteries of the deep....that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 13, 2014 - 29 answers

App for creating a home library catalog

I am now the steward of a collection of a few hundred books left behind by a deceased relative. I'd like to create a catalog of these books. What is the best and simplest app for that? (I don't mind paying a few bucks. iOS is preferred.) [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 30, 2014 - 10 answers

How to distill, organize, and process photos, for a n00b?

Okay, so I just got back from a long vacation, where I took something like 5,000 photos. How do I sort, refine, process, and organize them? [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Sep 23, 2014 - 14 answers

How to set up a home library when I can't buy all new shelves

I'm moving my approximately 900 books to a new apartment and will be combining them with my fiancee's books. I need tips for organization. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Aug 21, 2014 - 14 answers

online library borrowing solution?

I am trying to find an ordering and database solution for the tool bank I manage in England. I currently use WooCommerce which is great but not built for a library type service. Ideally, I would like an ordering solution that has no pictures and is incredibly straightforward. Is there a cloud based web borrowing solution where one can see quantity of items in real time and order against and items can be added back just as quickly? Happy to consider just about any solution at this point! The rub is I need a system that can also track repairs and orders in supply chain. I am guessing that is not too difficult but a consultant from the library sector had no idea where to start for less than £10,000 per year.
posted by parmanparman on Aug 10, 2014 - 7 answers

academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Quiet location to study in NYC where it's not too cold

Can anyone suggest a relatively quiet place to study(must have power socket and wifi) without loud music and not too cold? In NYC, Brooklyn or Manhattan. Preferrably can stay for long hours. NYU library is too cold due to AC temp too low. I already wear long pant and fleece jacket, just cant sit still without chills. Thanks.
posted by pack2themoon on Jun 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Calling all librarians...

I am looking for a reference manager that can integrate with MS Word, can attach pdfs to the references, and can be accessible maybe over the web to my colleagues in different countries. Basically EndNote, but with cloud storage and remote access. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Not that kind of gentlemen's club

I'm in NYC and am interested in traditional gentlemen's clubs, like the University Club and The Knickerbocker. Is there an accessible version of this kind of club? Something with a library and bar and maybe food? I'm middle class and don't have an especially high-flying job and don't have any amazing social connections in the city, so it would have to be a straight-forward application process. Does anything like this exist or would it defeat the point of these clubs if it did exist?
posted by lbotkins on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Creating a poster from a book cover

I really want to create a poster from a blown up book cover, but I don't have a big enough image file. Might an academic library loan help me track down the book? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Friends, librarians, fifth-grade teachers, lend me your eyes

Librarians and school book buyers of Metafilter! When you are looking at an author's website, what kind of information do you want to see when deciding what books to stock? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on May 18, 2014 - 7 answers

iPad and iTunes Question (Seperate Computers)

How do I set up/configure an iPad on a computer that won't be used as the main/regular computer? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on May 15, 2014 - 13 answers

online masters in library science

I'm planning to get a Masters in Library and Information Science. There are no schools that offer this program that are close enough to me at present. There are several online programs that are ALA accredited that I'm interested in. Does anyone have any experience with whether online masters programs are looked down upon when hiring in the library field? (Primarily looking at being a public librarian, if it matters.)
posted by firei on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Blogs written by bookstore employees or librarians

Google doesn't seem to help in regards to what I'm looking for, which is personal blogs written by either bookstore employees or librarians, detailing their day-to-day adventures (or misadventures); perhaps an anonymous blog would be even better, because I appreciate reading snarky and critical posts, too, about dealing with weird costumers, for example. Also, when it comes to librarians' blogs, I'm not looking for the more technical aspects of the library world (that's why Google didn't help). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by denika on Apr 25, 2014 - 27 answers

What's a great PS3 game for multiplayer gaming at the library?

My library has a Playstation 3 gaming program, and I'm looking to buy a few new games for it. Most of the people who come are ages 10-14, and I'm looking for games that would be appropriate for that age group (yes, I know most of them play Halo and Grand Theft Auto at home, but for the library they should really be rated T and under). We have some sports games (soccer, basketball, car racing) and some fighting games (Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter), and I'd really like a good game or two that doesn't fit in those boxes, but I'd be open to really good sports and fighting games. Oh -- and it should DEFINITELY have multiplayer. What should I get? (We definitely can't get a next-gen console.)
posted by Jeanne on Apr 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Writing + Community + Speaking = Job Bliss

What are some jobs/careers/gigs that involve writing, some kind of direct interaction in a community space (such as a public library, media lab, shelter, etc.), and teaching/public speaking? Substituting counseling for teaching/public speaking is okay, but something verbal and interpersonal for #3 [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me find a pair of novels set in the future with magic.

Trying to find a pair of novels set in the near future North America that I read sometime between 1990 and 2004 approximately. The "big idea" is that neopagan magic "returns" (or at least everyone believes it does, and acts accordingly) with the millennium. The protagonist of one novel is pregnant with the next world spiritual leader. In one scene, a prophet yells at her, "you're full of fish!" Another novel with the same setting (perhaps the same novel) involved a conspiracy and had a genderqueer magical cyberpunk/hacker as a minor character. I remember them as similar to Galveston by Sean Stewart but I'm pretty certain they're not by Stewart. It's not Bone Dance or DeLint, and they had nothing to do with Shadowrun. Help appreciated. They're probably not all that great, but the pair were striking enough that a few things stick out.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Physical security measure to prevent book theft

I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 28, 2014 - 27 answers

MARCfilter - level of subject? Why or why not?

Can you show me an example of a library or cataloging agency that uses the "level of subject" indicator value in the 650 field? (The first indicator, not the source indicator value.) I have literally never seen it in the wild, but maybe I've been looking in the wrong places. If your library or agency uses it, why? If you know the reason why you don't, why is that?
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 27, 2014 - 8 answers

App for organizing tons of pdf and other files into a research library?

1. I don't want to have to upload anything to the web. 2. I'd like to have one and the same file show up under multiple different categories. For instance, if there's a book about the math of baseball, I'd like to be able to have it show up in a category called "math" and also show up in a category called "baseball." 3. It would be cool if it could allow for the feature of associating a given file with an image, such as a book or DVD cover (so that browsing them could be like browsing on Netflix) or a book or DVD binding (so that different collections could appear in a graphic way as looking like items on a bookshelf).
posted by Eiwalker on Mar 17, 2014 - 10 answers

I need a nice ladder. Where do I find this?

I need a nice folding ladder that can be used in a library with nine-foot ceilings. I don't think we have the room or the budget for one with rails. Everything I see is short, metal, or ugly. Where can I find a nice ladder that can fold up, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and looks okay in a library.
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Like a library but with sign-out fees.

I'm looking for some software that will help me manage a small artwork rental business. I've been looking at library systems, since the sign out/sign-in concept is the same, but none of them seem to offer the ability to charge a fee to sign items out or keep track of fees owed to artists. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Feb 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Seventeen thousand books, no carpentry experience, limited budget

We have a lot of books, are moving next week, and want floor to ceiling (nine feet high), wall to wall bookcases in one room of our new place. How difficult would it be for us to do this ourselves? What're our options? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jan 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me save the books . . .

I am involved in fighting a local school library that would like to go "all digital," meaning they'd like to stop purchasing physical books and magazines and rely instead entirely on Google and various databases for student research. Not just that, but the plan is eventually to get rid of the remaining books (!), so in the end there'll be nothing but computer workstations remaining. Can you help supply me with arguments why this would be a bad idea? The proponents of the measure claim that digital books offer everything that physical books do . . . only they're better! I can't help being skeptical. [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Jan 15, 2014 - 31 answers

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