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Political affiliations of MPs

Research help: I'm trying to find political affiliations for specific members of the British House of Lords in the 1850s and 1860s. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

I need a way to manage a collection of physical objects online. A digital library!

I've been put in charge of a small catalog of games, books and other knick knacks. I need a way to catalog, store and manage the checkout of these items. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Nov 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad.

Are there any good dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols? [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

C-fly's?

C-fly's? [more inside]
posted by longhaultrucker on Oct 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Ex-libris-publica depreciation of rare/valuable books

I saved some interesting books from being thrown out by my public library. Apparently they were discarding part of their local historical collection. I grabbed a bunch that looked cool/interesting and it turns out one or two of them have sold online for decent sums. I'm not interested in selling any of them (they are cool!) but I am curious as to how their ex-libris-publica condition affects their worth. [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Oct 25, 2012 - 12 answers

What is the best electronic device for this task?

Help me find a device (or two devices) that will take pictures, and then easily convert these pictures to PDFs. Alternatively, persuade me to buy an iPad! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 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

Scanning many old, thin pages

I have inherited a 1,000+ pages of my grandmother's writings. I would like to scan them, OCR them and (after fixing OCR mistakes) share them with the rest of my family online. My question is this: what's the best way to scan so many pages? Also, I should point out that many of the pages are on thin typing paper. Maybe this is carbon paper? or onion skin paper? I'm not sure but I don't want to damage the originals. [more inside]
posted by dylan_k on Oct 5, 2012 - 15 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

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

What PHP frameworks and libraries make you more productive?

New PHP project in the works that I'm going to us as an excuse to learn a new-to-me framework. Kohana and Laravel are at the top of my list, but is there anything else I should consider? The project will be relatively simple, so a microframework might also be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Need spine and pocket label printer options

The library's decades-old Okidata label printer is on its way out. How does your library print spine and pocket labels? [more inside]
posted by Riverine on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

I need to get all of these DVDs out of my living room

How do I convert my movie library to digital? [more inside]
posted by lindseyg on Aug 15, 2012 - 12 answers

librarian angst talking blues

I'm on the edge of starting an online MLIS degree. I know that the conventional wisdom is that this is a bad idea, but I don't feel like I have any other options. Am I about to make a serious mistake, or could I be an exception? Were all of the dire warnings about becoming a librarian due, in part, to general economic malaise, or is the profession in trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 21 answers

I need suggestions for library books

Help me pick out what books to check out from the library next. (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by emilynoa on Jul 2, 2012 - 18 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

Do you sync you know the answer?

Help me manage my music library! I have circa 25GB of music, and I would like to know the best (least effort) way of keeping it up to date across my devices including syncing my playlists. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on May 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Math Help - Library Contest Edition

Math Help! We're doing a big inventory project in my library this summer and we want to attach weekly prizes to it to help motivate the poor students who have to do all the scanning. Trick is, students do not work the same amount of hours per week, so we would like some way of weighting each student's output so that those that work less feel like they can compete with those who work more while not disadvantaging those with longer hours by requiring them to go insane in order to keep up. How to keep things fair and sane? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on May 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Why kids need art

What are the most important/relevant research studies and academic journal articles on the topic of art education advocacy? Now that this semester is coming to a close, I'm interested in doing some reading while I still have access to a university library. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Apr 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Do the clothes make the library man?

How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 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

How to organize a Library (of books)?

How can I organize a whole lot of (8000ish) fiction books in a children's library? If alphabetized under genre is the best way, how can I clearly and easily instruct others to figure out the genre of all the books and which genres should I use? And what should I do about all the hundreds of very skinny emergent reader books? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers on Mar 18, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Job Title to Solve My Woes

Job Title Help: What would you call me? I'm a reference librarian who does teen programming and teach computer classes at a library. Director and I can't agree on what my official title is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 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 many ways can I explain this to you?

What is the purpose of an academic library? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Mar 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Getting AACs in bulk to become MP3s to better be played with SDs.

What's the best - and ideally free - way to get a LOT of AAC's onto a memory card that will play in my car? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 24, 2012 - 9 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

Search Automation

Librarianfilter: (How) Can I automate comparing the Fiction Core Collection with our catalog? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jan 26, 2012 - 4 answers

What are some good software solutions to help organize a small personal library?

I am looking for a software solution to help organize a small personal library. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 24, 2012 - 12 answers

When did library stacks open?

My university has a relatively large number of libraries. The oldest ones were obviously designed to have closed stacks. In other words, a patron would submit a request for a particular book to the staff who would, in turn, retrieve it from the stacks and deliver it to the patron. The newest library with that design opened circa the 1930s. Then, at some point, library architecture philosophy changed and campus libraries built in the 1970s and later were obviously designed to have open stacks. The older libraries have been converted to open use. Library science and architecture types, I ask you: When did this change, which appears on my experience to be a nearly universal characteristic of library design, occur? And why?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jan 20, 2012 - 19 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

Low-down science library paraprofessional blues

Does my experience as a non-librarian employee in a medical library qualify me for any other type of work beyond librarianship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 - 4 answers

I wish the autumn flowers would resemble the author's name

Obscure Poetry Filter: Help me solve a mystery I've been considering for the last eight years. I need help to identify this poem that I got out of a random library book in college. It's definitely a Japanese or Chinese male author, and I'm pretty sure it came from the 1960's (the book was an anthology of Japanese and Chinese poetry from the 50's-70's, though the memory of the exact decades are a bit sketchy). [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

And then there were none.

Knowing full well I will be pilloried for this: We have a library at work (13,000 mostly-technical books and about 100 active periodical subscriptions, 200 users), but the 1 full-time librarian will retire in 2012 and a new hire is not going to happen ... What's next? (please read the questions inside) [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Room Reservations In An Academic Library

Help us deal with the barbarians students at the gates study rooms! Looking for a decent room reservation software for my medium-sized, yet busy library. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Should "library" be capitalized?

Should "library" be capitalized? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 31 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

Et in Arcadia ego?

"Visiting the Library is by introduction. Its location is not advertised, and it does not reveal its whereabouts on the internet." So where is the Arcadian Library and how do I get to see it? And are there any other secret libraries like this?
posted by verstegan on Nov 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Using images from public library special collection?

How do I choose an image from a large collection of rare (or rare editions of) illustrated children's books at the public library? The Friends of that Library would like to use one of the images to promote a fundraiser for the collection, and I need some help navigating copyright and practical issues surrounding that choice. [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Nov 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Non-traditional library careers

(1) What are some non-traditional careers out there for MLIS graduates? (2) Also, I've heard a little bit about consulting and information architecture, but how does one get started in these fields? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 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

Microfilm Digitization: What's the Better Machine?

Librarians, Record Keepers, Microfilm Users: I have a big digitization project coming up and I'm wondering if you have a preferred microfilm scanning machine. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Oct 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian...

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Sep 30, 2011 - 3 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

Tech skills projects for librarianship

I'm a librarian-in-training wanting to improve my tech skills (which are pretty non-existent at the moment) and I figure the best way to do that is to have some projects to work on, but I'm having trouble coming up with any ideas. [more inside]
posted by ninjablob on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 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

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