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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

"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 do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?

Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Sep 15, 2011 - 63 answers

Lemme ask you something

I am interested in finding some information about the path a few bills took through congress. The only catch is that I'm looking for info from almost thirty years ago. Where can I find this information? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Sep 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Detemining the value of an MLIS in a post-IT career path.

I'm thinking about jumping ship from IT to library/archival science. Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by gyges on Sep 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Advice and Resources for an ESL Librarian

Just got a job as a librarian at an international school in Mexico. I've been given time with each class from grade one through six for forty-five minutes each week. I have pretty much total freedom and sometimes freedom is a pain to plan for. I'll be teaching basic library skills and doing read alongs which will be good but I'm having trouble finding resources on the internet. Ironic, I know: a librarian asking for help finding things, but I'm not a librarian by training. The most basic information may be very helpful. Any advice on elementary ESL libraries or some good resources would be most welcome. Books are a fine recommendation, but the internet is better.
posted by pynchonesque on Sep 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Need LOC numbers for 7500 books.

Have library of 7500 print books. Have Android phone with barcode scanner. Want to order them by Library of Congress number. Is there an app for that? [more inside]
posted by tully_monster on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 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

Digital Libraries - Searching For Files

Digital library management problems. I have a mess of pdfs, word docs, emails, images and other things I want to be available, but I'm at a loss for a relatively low-cost solution that will allow these documents to be easily searched through and found. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Aug 11, 2011 - 21 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

Make your own popurls?

Is there a good way to keep track of everything I am interested in that is updating online? Some kind of huge private dashboard that is customizable. RSS feeds alone aren't getting it done. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Aug 2, 2011 - 17 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

Integrated Library System for Designers

Hi Librarians and other tech-savvy folk! My sister is a new librarian in a cooporate setting. She looking for a way to make Pintrest users love an integrated library system. [more inside]
posted by afton on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

What online archives have the best design and UI?

Have you ever seen an online archive with an unbelievable design for users? A large archival online collection that's easy to navigate, tells you exactly what you want to know, and loads easily? Can you tell me what it is? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Does an itunes-type program exist for video files?

Does an itunes-type program exist for video files? [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 on Jun 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Terra Incognita, until I read about it...

I want to get a grip on Missouri through history and literature! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 16, 2011 - 6 answers

A good passage is hard to find.

I'm going to be participating in this event for the Brooklyn Public Library this weekend. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me prepare for Library School

What is library school like? How does it differ from a "regular" MA education? How can I prepare myself best for starting school in the fall? [more inside]
posted by 1000monkeys on May 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Personal librarians -- do they exist yet?

Hire someone to help organize my digital library metadata? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on May 16, 2011 - 4 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

help me make technology empowering

Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

When to start looking for jobs after new degree

When coming from extended period at current job (3+ years), when should I start looking for other jobs after getting a second degree? (Library-related) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2011 - 4 answers

How many books are checked out of public libraries per year?

On average, how many books are checked out of a US public library, per year? Has there been a decline or an incline books being checked out in the last couple of years? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Apr 21, 2011 - 8 answers

What are librarians to do when they suspect a student is cheating on a research paper and want thier help to do so?

What are librarians to do when students cheat on a research papers and 'want them to help them? [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Apr 19, 2011 - 25 answers

How to create a raw footage library?

How can I organize all of these video clips from different sources (Flip cam, iPhone cam, etc) into some kind of database to make it usable? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Apr 11, 2011 - 4 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

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