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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

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

How to get access to ProQuest's Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch database?

How can I obtain access to ProQuest's Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch [1874-1922] database? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 - 7 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

Book-themed woodcuts?

Looking for woodcuts or vector art of books and book-related themes. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Dec 8, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Non-Chinese-speaker seeks great Chinese book

I need a Chinese book. I have $25 to spend. What's the best one to get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Which art periodicals database is superior?

Librarians, art historians, art researchers and scholars: From the perspective of art historical periodicals research with the widest range of relevance for art studio and art history students and instructors, which is the better database, Art Abstracts ~ or ~ Art and Architecture Complete? [more inside]
posted by xod on Nov 11, 2010 - 4 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

Setting up 60 laptops for loan in a busy academic library?

Setting up 60 laptops for loan in a busy academic library? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

You help me! You help me fix my music library!

My MP3 Library is a mess. I want to fix it. I know these questions have been asked before, but mine is perhaps a bit more particular. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 30, 2010 - 21 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

Best online way to demo a print magazine

Improving how a print magazine is viewed online in PDF format/format that keeps the integrity of the print version: 1) What's your favorite PDF viewer and 2) What's this example? [more inside]
posted by sambiamb on Oct 26, 2010 - 2 answers

What ebook reader should I lend from my small school library?

I run an elementary school library in an economically diverse urban neighborhood. I want to buy a couple ebook readers so that my kids can see what using them is like (and so I can learn about the issues around lending and using these devices.) Various questions inside. [more inside]
posted by carterk on Oct 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Software for a small library

What kind of cheap/affordable cataloging software is out there for small libraries? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate?

What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate, if I'm not sure what I want to do when I'm done? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope on Oct 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Not Enough Applicants For Library Position

Interviews for a job I really, really want postponed because there were "not enough applicants." Help me understand this and maximize my chances. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Looking for an investment library in New York

I'm trying to find the name and address of a library near Grand Central Station in New York that's geared toward investors/financial research. It's a small, private library not affiliated with the New York Public Library system. I know the library exists (or existed until recently), but I can't find anything online. The library may be affiliated with some sort of society for investment professionals or financial analysts. It's *not* the NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library.
posted by zembla3 on Oct 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help us understand the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s.

My son is doing research on the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s and we're having trouble locating source material. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 12, 2010 - 19 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

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

My subset of the Library of Congress

I'd like to put a personal library of around 200 books in order by the Library of Congress Classification System. I plan to take them off my shelves then scan all of their ISBNs for inclusion on LibraryThing... Then what? How do I get LCC numbers from ISBN numbers for ordering/labeling? How should I label them? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Oct 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend good software for cataloging my library of vinyl music

Looking for the best solution for cataloging my vinyl collection - is collectorz.com's Music Collector my best bet, or is there something more customizable and/or tailored to vinyl collectors? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards on Sep 24, 2010 - 5 answers

It WASN'T Goosebumps Vol. 873 : The Case of the Pernicious Pog

Calling upon the Hive Mind to once again exercise its SUPER DEADLY NINJA POWERS and identify another obscure, barely-remembered book! This time, it's an ancient kids' book. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I play 4TB of music on separate hard drives on iTunes?

I have about 4TB of music on 4 separate hard drives. None of this music is currently imported into iTunes. I'd like to keep it on the hard drives -- and be able to access any of the hard drives through iTunes [i.e. the music from all 4 hard drives would appear in my music library but remain on their original hard drive.] What's the best way to do this?
posted by melodykramer on Sep 14, 2010 - 3 answers

How many to (probably) catch 'em all?

Statistics question: How many tries are necessary for 99.9% chance of full coverage of a heterogenous population? [more inside]
posted by Jorus on Sep 10, 2010 - 26 answers

English words and terms that have changed meaning?

What are some English words and terms that have changed meaning significantly in the last century or so? [more inside]
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y on Sep 8, 2010 - 69 answers

Help finding an inexpensive, yet totally awesome, book!

What book should I choose to be dedicated to me in honor of my recent graduation? [more inside]
posted by jenny76 on Sep 4, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I organise a veggie swap?

There's a gardener coming to speak at the library I work on next month and I thought I would also organise a veggie swap afterwards. So the publicity has gone out, my neighbours are coming and there has been interest from the local council and environment groups who are interested in starting their own if it goes well. My problem is I'm not sure how to practically run it. Should I issue tickets roughly based on market value when people drop off their produce or should I let it go for a free for all working on a trust basis. Anyone run one of these before? Any advise in general?
posted by nicole.hilder on Aug 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Can I lend a collection of art books?

[LibraryFilter] Can I lend a collection of art books to a library? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

What is the best way to describe my future ambitions in my personal statement on my MLIS application?

I am applying to a competitive MLIS program in a couple months, and I would like some advice on how to talk about my somewhat unusual plans for the future. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Aug 13, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite science blogs?

What are some of the best Science (or more specifically Bioscience/natural resources) Blogs? [more inside]
posted by rockindata on Aug 12, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I digitize my entire library?

I have many books - several thousand. I may soon be moving to a house with more limited space. I'm considering scanning all the books, and then destroying them or putting them into storage. Is this feasible? What hardware and software would I need? Has anyone done this already, and are there any internet resources to help with this? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Aug 11, 2010 - 56 answers

Help Me Automatically Publish a Nicely Formatted List of My Media

I have a large collection of digital music, movies, and TV shows that I am adding to on a regular basis. I would like to come up with a way to create a nicely formatted list of all of this media on a scheduled basis and publish this for others to view. Please Help! [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 on Aug 6, 2010 - 1 answer

How can I use my MLIS and my language skills?

What are potential career options for an MLIS graduate interested in using language and translation skills on the job as well? I am a 21-year-old undergraduate student who will be graduating one quarter early in March 2011. This summer I'm applying to the UW's iSchool MLIS program and hope to start Autumn Quarter 2011. I am very interested in traditional library work, but in the last couple years I have worked hard to learn Spanish. I'm currently training to be a Spanish-English translator and interpreter as well, as this will help pay for my MLIS degree. I would really love a career that could incorporate my growing interests in linguistics and translation, as well as my interests in the research and service-oriented aspects of librarianship. Any suggestions? I know the State Department has some positions that would incorporate all these skills, and I'm looking for other options, too.
posted by wansac on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

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