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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

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

How did you pay for your MLS degree?

Do MLS students ever receive full funding? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali on Mar 31, 2011 - 24 answers

How to make friends at the college library?

You’re crushing on someone, hell, multiple someones, at the school library. Considering the ambiance, how do you approach that someone/s? Or DO you approach? Is the library off-limits? I really hope the library isn’t off limits. More on my hopes will follow … [more inside]
posted by sleeperhit11 on Mar 30, 2011 - 43 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

Access to full-text journals online?

In a few days my uni library is going to cut off my sweet, sweet access to its electronic resources, including full text e-journals and online references like OED. I can get an alumni account for $50 a year, but that only gives me physical borrowing rights, not e-resources. Does anybody offer comprehensive access to full-text online journals to non-students for a fee? I don't have a particular field in mind - I want it all. I'm an Australian in Australia, if it matters.
posted by obiwanwasabi on Mar 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Why is it so hard to find a copy of this Congressional report?

16 years ago, a Congressional Task Force was set up to study a major policy issue. Six months later, its report led to far-reaching legislative changes. Despite extensive news coverage from creation to completion, the report itself is virtually inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by anigbrowl on Mar 7, 2011 - 9 answers

NYC Place to Write

Looking for a good place to write in New York City. I presently use the Priest/Rose Reading Rooms at the Schwarzman Building on 42nd & 5th, which is beautiful and great except for the fact that it doesn't open until 10am and 1pm Sundays. I would be looking for something similar to the library reading rooms that would be open earlier (ideally 8am) and offer the same amenities such as; a power outlet, internet (if possible) and a inspiring atmosphere. I searched mefi for other similar questions and have only found this one, which focuses more on coffee house and outdoor settings. Please advise. Also let me know if there are any university libraries, private libraries or clubs (located in or near Manhattan) that I could use/join that fulfill my meager requirements. Thank you.
posted by mbx on Mar 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Vexed Ex Libris

Help me prune my book collection! I have over a thousand books and really need to slim it down. I'd like to reduce the book count by at least one hundred but can't seem to do it. Many have sat unread for years. In the past, I've said to myself that I'll read them 'someday' as an excuse for keeping them around. I'm fooling myself. What process, criteria or rule of thumb should I use to help me prune my library, overcome the (admittedly) irrational tome attachment, and make my collection a plum size once more.
posted by storybored on Mar 3, 2011 - 32 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

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer.

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer. [more inside]
posted by dancingfruitbat on Feb 15, 2011 - 5 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 me make an online TV channel for user-submitted content a reality.

Attempting to create an online "television" for a massive online course that would rotate through content created by the course participants. Similar idea to betamaxmas but will probably include static visual content like Flickr feeds as well. Hoping to not have to build this completely from scratch but coming up blank on all searches. Read on for the dirty details [more inside]
posted by genial on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 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

publisher reputation

if I'm looking through a library... does being published with Springer Verglag mean that the research is legit, and does being published with Nova Publishers mean that it isn't?
posted by moorooka on Jan 30, 2011 - 6 answers

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