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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

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

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

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

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me pass my library shelver test

I'm looking to get work as a library shelver in a county library. I've passed the minimum requirements and have moved onto the next phase- basically- the library shelver test. I have no idea what this test will require other than them handing me a stack of books and telling me to go shelve them properly. Besides being versed in the Dewey Decimal System.... what do I need to know to pass this test and not have anxiety about it going in? I realize every library system is different but I would very much like your input. [more inside]
posted by rabu on Oct 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Software for a small (church) library

I am helping manage a church library and would like to update the catalog software. I am looking for these features. This is more for inventory purposes than keeping track of circulation. I don't mind programs that take a little bit of work to install. Requirements *Under $100 (free or cheaper is better) *ability to scan UPCs using CueCat or phone *must work with DVDs/videotapes Nice to Have: Export to web Scanning with iPhone or android phone ability to make bar codes for items not in an online database
posted by tracer on Aug 19, 2013 - 8 answers

I know I want to keep it, but can't. So can you, library dearest?

In order to declutterize myself, I'm thinking of donating some stuff to yon local library. Thing is, I would like to be certain that it would end up on shelves and not in the dump. So how do they choose what to keep...rarity? Value? Usefulness to the common public? Is there anyway I can persuade / convince the library to keep my donation? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Aug 15, 2013 - 25 answers

Do I need a library card?

I want to find a full-page ad in the New York Times from a few days after hurricane Sandy that thanked a bunch of corporations. (Maybe it was the WSJ?) Is this sort of information available still? Do libraries archive the ads in a searchable form? I haven't been to an actual library in years -- so I'm not looking forward to sifting through microfilm, but maybe I have to? Is there a digital record of newspapers I'm missing out on?
posted by mhh5 on Aug 2, 2013 - 9 answers

"Can I help you find anything?" Well, now that you mention it...

There's a very cute, funny and witty librarian at my local library that I'd like to ask out. How do I best go about doing this without making it uncomfortable for her in her workplace? [more inside]
posted by Vonnegut27 on Jul 30, 2013 - 26 answers

I sync I have a problem.

I'm absolutely bumfoozled about how to manage my PC and my iPhone to be able to download library books. Confusion inside. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

What are good New York Public Library branches for general browsing?

What are good New York Public Library branches for general open stack reference browsing? [more inside]
posted by decathexis on Jun 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me find a book published in Argentina, now out of print.

Hello dear Mefites. I am looking to buy or borrow this very-hard-to-find book: Ramacciotti, Sandra and Rodil, María Victoria (2006): Economics: Glossary of Metaphorical Usage - Glosario Económico - Financiero Uso Metafórico de Voces. Buenos Aires: Editorial Quorum. [more inside]
posted by ipsative on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

I know that California is broke, but this is getting ridiculous.

I have an extra $15.00 tacked onto my library fee. This is apparently a collections agency processing fee. Is there any way to not have to pay this exorbitant processing fee? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Stream music from my pc to my android phone over local wireless.

I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I find this old pamphlet?

I am looking for a copy of a 1938 pamphlet called "Gratitude" written by Dr. Harry L. James of Chicago. There was a copy on Ebay, but it's sold now. Any chance I could find another copy (or PDF) of this thing? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Jan 7, 2013 - 4 answers

To suit or not to suit?

What to wear to a non-librarian library interview? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jan 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Birmingham on Christmas Day: options?

Birmingham, England. Christmas Day. Is *anything* open at all? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 23, 2012 - 7 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 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

Found a bedbug in a library book - what now?

I was reading a library book when a bug crawled out. It was paper thin, and was moving incredibly slowly. My partner captured it and killed it, and then put it between two pieces of tape. We've looked online and, yep, probably a bedbug. What do we do now? Watchful vigilance? Fumigate our entire apartment (which may not be affordable at this time)? Somewhere in between? Details inside, if you want more... [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Cheese in every fondue pot! Two motorcycles in every garage for a mouse named Ralph!

What to call a presidential mouse and her twin sister? My library's Summer Reading Program mascots need names! [more inside]
posted by beekept on May 25, 2012 - 23 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

The Internet is not just about cats.

How would you teach a two hour Advanced Internet class for a public library? [more inside]
posted by mearls on Feb 11, 2012 - 11 answers

How do libraries acquire and manage ebooks?

How do public libraries select, purchase and manage ebooks? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Should the book I edited advertise my Ph.D.?

I'm editing a non-academic, non-fiction book to be published by a university library. Should the book advertise my Ph.D. credentials? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What recordings can only be watched at TV museums?

What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

How do libraries decide which donated books get added to the catalog?

The question was asked, What does the library do with donated books? and one of the respondents said that library staff screen donations and then decide what to do with, or where to send each book. These people were referred to as "Selectors." I'm curious about the process of 'Selecting' on behalf of a library. What I mean is, How do libraries generally decide what gets added to the catalog (approved for processing) and what gets rejected (sent off to the 'Friends bookstore' or what have you). I'm sure each library has its own needs to consider but, generally speaking, are there some set of basic guidelines that most Selectors employ in the initial screening process?
posted by mousepad on Oct 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Calculating the average wait time for a book on hold at the library (or "Why didn't they teach something useful like this in library school?"

Is there an equation for figuring out the average wait time for a book on hold at the library. Or how to figure out the average wait time I have left for a book I put on hold because I'm dying to read the rest of it. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Any study spaces near Somerville MA open late at night?

Are there any public libraries or study spaces in or near Somerville MA that stay open pretty late at night? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Raising funds for a public library project?

My public library is renovating and The Friends OTL would like to sponsor a special collection/reading room in the Childrens department. I've been asked to help with the fundraising during the pre-planning phase of this endeavor by gathering examples of and ideas for promotional materials—flyers, glossies, and whatnot to help get the word out that this charitable opportunity exists. I don't really know where to start, though... do you? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Sep 26, 2011 - 1 answer

"Who is nibbling on my house?"

Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 25, 2011 - 17 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

"Happy families are all alike," but I want to read about them

"Happy families are all alike," which presumably makes things difficult for novelists, who need conflict to drive plot. But since I don't have a lot of great relationship models in my life, I'd like to read some novels about people with good marital or romantic relationships. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe on Aug 11, 2011 - 27 answers

Hymn to Eros: page number?

Do you have access to a copy of The Sorrow Dance, a book of poems by Denise Levertov? (Should be in most college/university libraries or large public libraries, if you happen to be visiting your library soon.) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Can Mp3tag do this?

Mp3tag-filter: Can the program fill empty Title fields with the Filename? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Chicago/Hyde Park-filter: Good quiet environments for academic work?

What would be a fairly quiet locale, with wifi, in Hyde Park (Chicago) to get some work done? I'm not affiliated with U of C, so any network requiring U of C affiliation is out. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Online sources for Italian newspapers?

Are there any online databases that hold older European papers? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on May 11, 2011 - 2 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

I want to be Special!

Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Mar 28, 2011 - 20 answers

I am not a tourist.

In Orange Country, California for a few days. What tourist spots would be appropriate for a "right winger" tour? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Feb 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Street view for library stacks

Inspired by this recent post on MF, wherein Google now offers us access to some of the great museums, can I set up some sort of home-grown 'street view' for library patrons to have a look through closed stacks? Would it be super tough to do?
posted by aesop on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find a way to database a high res photo library

I'm looking for good Mac-based database software for organizing several hundred gigs of photos for a small art production / fabrication team. [more inside]
posted by catrae on Jan 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Seeking ANG Newspaper Group fulltext archives

I want to get the full text of several articles I wrote that were published in Bay Area newspapers between 2005 and 2007. What periodicals database should I be hitting? Preferred sources: free or accessible via New York Public Library. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Jan 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me reign in iTunes

Please help me reign in iTunes! I want iTunes to automatically organize almost all of my music into folders of its choosing, but I want to prevent it from organizing certain folders/albums of music that I have. Is there an easy way to do this that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask on Jan 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me choose an ILS for a really tiny library

An integrated library system (ILS) that is easy to use for a very, very small library? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 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

Embedded Images

Is their a service that would allow me to upload my images and embed them into my website in a particular style (see this link for a crude mock-up). I also want the ability for the user to click on an image and for a bigger version to appear (using jQuery or some other javacript library). [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Oct 12, 2010 - 5 answers

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