In his 2010 article 'The myth of browsing' (American Libraries, vol. 41, no. 6/7), Donald Barclay states the following (emphasis mine): "Prior to the Second World War, the typical academic library was neither designed nor managed to support the browsing of collections. At best, faculty might be allowed to browse, but it was the rare academic library that allowed undergraduates into the stacks." Is this true? [more inside]
It looks like the responsibilities of my job are about to expand to take on managing a (currently extremely small) library. I'm thrilled by the opportunity, but a bit daunted. I'm looking for advice on: a) Building a functioning catalogue/borrowing system (e.g. I've looked at Evergreen and Koha, are they good? Pros/cons?). b) How-to-be-an-awesome-librarian-despite-lack-of-formal-training-as-such (I've seen Jessamyn's work on here and its an inspiration that I'm looking to, but top tips'd also be great). [more inside]
I am doing a major re-haul of the 8x11 tattered paper signage in my public library that indicates where things are in my library. For example, the shelves in the 500's with books on biology, astronomy, and general science are labeled, un-surprisingly, "science"; I'm thinking about changing that one to "Life, the Universe, and Everything." Are there better ideas out there? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
Give me insight, tips, and strategies for transitioning from American to British librarianship. [more inside]
Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
[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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What should I know about long-term maintenance of a large library of personal books? [more inside]
Friends, librarians, patrons, lend me your eyes. What are your favorite library programs in your area? Links and pictures are appreciated. [more inside]
I'm not an academic, not trained in the art of research, and I could use some guidance. I need advice on how to identify and track down sources for a multi-year exploration of a topic. [more inside]
All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!), and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed? [more inside]
How many separate library systems are there in the greater Los Angeles area? [more inside]
What sort of training and orientation does your workplace provide to new employees? [more inside]
Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
What questions do library users most often ask? [more inside]
Hey Librarians! Why is there a trailing zero on this Dewey number? [more inside]
Can you point me towards some articles about planning and methodology for developing small video libraries? [more inside]
I am trying to design a banner for a public library web site. I find that all the banners I design are too retro-looking. Kind of 1950s, Alvin Lustig or Saul Bass inspired. Cute, but they don't seem to represent a forward-thinking, technology-oriented library. I am looking for examples of banners that might inspire me, and I am hoping you all might have some suggestions. Also, any elements you think I should try to include or try to avoid. This banner will be seen by tens of thousands of people, and will be the "face" of the library online. Links to examples of what you think works and why it works would be much appreciated. I had no idea that I would have such a hard time with this; I just don't seem to get 2007 design! Thanks.
What are the social benefits of public libraries (and literacy)? [more inside]
The director of Bogota's Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango believes that, with around 10,000 visitors per day, it's the world's most-used library (in terms of physical users). Is there any evidence out there to suggest that she's right or wrong?
I need to know which book-related web service/API is best (most complete archive, most up-to-date, most metadata) for looking up information about books given an ISBN-10 or ISBN-13. [more inside]
Cool NYC libraries, foreign language books in NYC & availability of book borrowing to foreign people in NYC libraries. (mi) [more inside]
Considering doing an MSc in Library and Information Studies, and would appreciate people's views. [more inside]
What's the best way to locate scholarly writing and analysis of a given piece of classical music? [more inside]