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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Library Programs

Friends, librarians, patrons, lend me your eyes. What are your favorite library programs in your area? Links and pictures are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Help a non-academic develop research skills for a wonky in-depth project

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2010 - 23 answers

I want to go to a book to find a library

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]
posted by taz on Dec 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed?

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed? [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula on Nov 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Gotta catch 'em all.

How many separate library systems are there in the greater Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Oct 26, 2010 - 10 answers

What training and orientation does your workplace provide to new employees?

What sort of training and orientation does your workplace provide to new employees? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Aug 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Enlightening and lovely literature on libraries.

Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Apr 13, 2009 - 13 answers

LibraryFilter

What questions do library users most often ask? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 12, 2009 - 55 answers

What does a trailing zero mean in a Dewey decimal catalog?

Hey Librarians! Why is there a trailing zero on this Dewey number? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Dec 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Video Libraries 101

Can you point me towards some articles about planning and methodology for developing small video libraries? [more inside]
posted by sswiller on Oct 27, 2008 - 2 answers

How to create current-looking graphic design?

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.
posted by foxinthesnow on Oct 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Book learnin'

What are the social benefits of public libraries (and literacy)? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Aug 1, 2007 - 26 answers

The World's Busiest Library

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?
posted by Holly on May 30, 2007 - 6 answers

1. ISBN 2. Web Service 3. ??? 4. Profit

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]
posted by basicchannel on Apr 17, 2007 - 10 answers

I want my Recherche!

Cool NYC libraries, foreign language books in NYC & availability of book borrowing to foreign people in NYC libraries. (mi) [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Jan 27, 2007 - 12 answers

Career change via MSC in Library and Information Studies - pipe dream or not?

Considering doing an MSc in Library and Information Studies, and would appreciate people's views. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Best practices for researching classical music?

What's the best way to locate scholarly writing and analysis of a given piece of classical music? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 24, 2006 - 19 answers

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