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I will distill you into your bookshelf.

What books can you use to judge a person's fiction preferences? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Apr 19, 2010 - 45 answers

Don't steal this book.

One of my employees has been accused of theft. Please help me investigate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for graphic adult content... wait, let me rephrase that

What are your top five items for an adult graphic novel collection in a public library? Our system is looking at the possibility of creating a new section for adult graphic novels (right now we have the majority of them in YA, and the remainder interfiled through non-fic), and I was asked my opinion on new titles that we could buy to fill out the ranks. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 14, 2010 - 56 answers

How do I use microfilm for library research? (multi-point question)

How do I use microfilm for library research? (multi-point question) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Apr 8, 2010 - 12 answers

IT Help for Epson Thermal Receiprt Printer

Would any IT / library people out there have any suggestions for troubleshooting our (old!) Epson TM T88III thermal receipt printers? We can't get them to work with the new computers... [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Apr 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you recommend sites that can help me be a better librarian?

I am a new reference librarian (but have been out of school for 3 years...yes, I drifted a bit). I was wondering if any MeFites, librarian or otherwise, could recommend some sites that would help me be a better librarian, specifically sites on librarianship. I have found some on my own but respect the metafilter input. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 15, 2010 - 11 answers

How long will I have a library record?

How long do libraries keep fines "on the books"? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Mar 15, 2010 - 39 answers

Looking for old library featured on the CBC.

CBC Radio had a program on an old Quebec library (I think - in Montreal) - that dates from the 1800's and is supposed to be absolutely stunning. Something that people would envision being right out of Harry Potter. Unfortunately - I could not make out the name of the Library - and lot's of googling has come up with nothing. Does anyone here know if the Library in question?
posted by helmutdog on Mar 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me photograph books (light, angles) and do it without destroying library books.

I have a bookshelf covered (on the front) with a flat surface). I would like to cover this flat surface with photographs of the bookshelf (minus the cover) with books in it. I'm hoping for a trompe l'oiel type effect so it looks like a bookshelf with books. Three questions: 1. How do I work out the angles/math etc. of the photographs 2. What light should I take the pictures in? 3. Is it ok (and how to) take the call numbers off of library books and replace them before returning the books? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Mar 14, 2010 - 15 answers

EEBO Access

Is there any way to access the awesome Early English Books Online database without being tied to a university? Is there a private library or an online service I can join?
posted by Yakuman on Mar 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Make the computer magic!

Personal Library Filter: Over the last couple of years, I've been helping an elderly couple with their massive book collection. After a lot of searching, I ended up finding BookCAT which seemed to be great. But these people really want to have lots of print-outs. (The husband does not use the computer at all.) BookCAT is way too complicated for even me in this regard. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Feb 26, 2010 - 15 answers

License/Registration frameworks for OS X development?

license/registration/serial# frameworks for OS X? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Feb 9, 2010 - 4 answers

How to web2.0 a small library?

What's the best way to update a small library, as in cataloging the books and having a way to check them out? [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Feb 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Inspire Me With the Art of Children's Books

My local library's big fund raising event benefits the children's section, helping to purchase books for a well-loved and heavily used part of the collection. Help me set the scene with bookish decorations. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Feb 9, 2010 - 2 answers

I can't always read Metafilter

Help me find some fun books for my commute. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Feb 9, 2010 - 47 answers

Lexile numbers

How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 28, 2010 - 7 answers

How to help others find their favourite books.

Help a newbie volunteer make sense of a large, unorganised pile of books, most of which aren't even in English. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

I need help dealing with rowdy teenagers at the library.

I need help dealing with rowdy teenagers at the library. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 - 34 answers

Where can I buy an outdoor steel collection bin?

Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Jan 14, 2010 - 6 answers

CD cataloguing software for a small radio station

I'm looking for software to create a database of the CDs at a community radio station. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

What is a good library cataloguing software for a small school library?

Recommendations for library cataloguing software for a small school library. [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jan 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Need pre-made functions to calculate cardiovascular risk.

Where can I find a Javascript or PHP library that can generate cardiovascular risk scores based on Framingham or other established models? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 7, 2010 - 1 answer

Searching for searching for bugs

EntomologyFilter - Help a librarian out of his depth find a better plan of attack on some specific insect-related searching. I need to know if terminology exists for what I need to find. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

How to share my iTunes library so that my pc and mac can use it and keep unicode filenames?

I want to put my itunes library on a shared drive or NAS. I have 2 spare older laptops and was hoping to connect external drives to them and share them. But I have some (a lot of) songs that have filenames not in english. Some are unicode and some are big5 (an asian character encoding). I also want to be able to admin my itunes from windows and mac os or maybe just mac os. [more inside]
posted by brinks on Jan 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Delicious for pdfs?

How can I organize offline pdfs on windows so that they're easy to find offline using a standard browser? In a perfect world, it would be like delicious, but for pdfs. Tags, sortable by tags, compact display. Endnote and Wordpress are the available tools. [more inside]
posted by furious on Dec 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Best LOC training games online

What online quizzes or tools do you know of that train people in the dark arts of LOC call number sorting and shelving? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Dec 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Last Chance to See ... VHS

My local library is ditching VHS -- in one swell foop. They're going to sell the inventory next month. What should I salvage? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Dec 4, 2009 - 29 answers

Library and indie bookstore acquisitions help

Library and indie bookstore acquisitions -- help? Tell me how new titles are chosen and if this plan might work. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Dec 2, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I get through library school?

I think graduate school was a mistake. Drop out, seek new program, or persevere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Because the Librarian Action Figure is overdone

Librarians: what do you want for gifts this holiday season? (Not at your libraries, but you personally). [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Nov 27, 2009 - 12 answers

I need to organize all these books.

I have about a thousand books and a burning desire to reorganize them. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Nov 19, 2009 - 26 answers

How to make amends for disruptive behavior in a library?

A group of 11-year-old kids under my wife's supervision got out of control and were disruptive to the library they were meeting in. How can we make it up to the library/ its patrons, and ensure that something like this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Nov 19, 2009 - 31 answers

Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally.

Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Nov 14, 2009 - 28 answers

TeachingFilter

Is it normal or is it the symptom of a serious cognitive / psychological disorder that I don't like teaching? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 12, 2009 - 18 answers

Library-Related Trivia?

Library-Related Trivia? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 3, 2009 - 17 answers

iTunes + new hard drive = headache

MrR moved my music drive (to a larger hard drive yay!) and iTunes is not handling this gracefully at all. (He hates iTunes, will not use it, and therefore did not follow any of the procedures detailed in the answers to this question.) The directory trees are all the same, the only change is the drive letter. How do I get iTunes to look in the right place without losing all the metadata (ratings, play dates/frequency)? (PC; iTunes does not organise my library; the old drive is already removed from my computer and wiped. Changing each file path individually is functionally not acceptable (30K files!), nor is changing the drive letter.)
posted by jlkr on Oct 30, 2009 - 23 answers

Destroy or Merely Throw Out?

Committing the great library sin...which of these is a better way to get rid of some books? [more inside]
posted by aswego on Oct 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Sexy Library!

Costume-filter: I would like to dress as a library for Halloween. How can I accomplish this in an inexpensive, recognizable, maneuverable/non-bulky way (aside from sticking random books to my bum?) [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I get affordable online access to academic journals?

Where can I get affordable online access to many academic journals? Generally only large university libraries have paid the expensive subscriptions for electronic access to academic journals. Sometimes these libraries let users access the journals online. But I am not affiliated with any university. Are there any libraries I can join by paying a fee, that would give me online access to many online journals? I need journals in biological and physical sciences.
posted by algal on Oct 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Stories of local and national shennanigans

I want to read investigative reports exposing corruption or scandal on a local or national level. Please provide me with links. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 20, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I prepare a new book?

I was once shown how to prepare a brand new book before reading it– it had something to do with opening the book at various places and smoothing down the pages. Supposedly it would make the binding last longer. Does this actually work, and if so, could anyone describe the process clearly? Any other advice on good book care and repair for this new librarian would be greatly appreciated.
posted by carterk on Oct 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Library book inventory management that's not library elf

I'm looking for a computer program to keep track of the library books I have taken out. Difficulty level: Can't use Library Books. I've tried Library Elf and I hate it. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Oct 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Indestructible / unstealable stationery for busy library.

Is there a UK supplier of stationery designed to remain, erm, stationary? We need some for students to use in the academic library but don't want it to be broken or, ahem, grow legs. [more inside]
posted by KMH on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 answers

The little library that could

Mini-libraryFilter: My small gallery has a reading room, with probably a couple of hundred books. I want a cataloguing and lending system that can turn these books into a real library. [more inside]
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y on Oct 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Is there a nice academic library in Chicago that is open to the public on evenings and weekends?

Is there a nice academic library in Chicago that is open to the public on evenings and weekends? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh on Oct 1, 2009 - 12 answers

What music should I play at the teen Halloween dance?

I've volunteered to DJ a teen Halloween dance/costume event sponsored by the library I work at, and held at the local art museum. Unfortunately, I didn't quite think about what that meant in terms of music, and now I'm stumped as to what kinds of music I should bring. My usual DJ sets are electronic and ambient music, and (NOT TOP40-IST) I never listen to the radio so I'm blissfully ignorant of what teh kidz are listening to these days. What should I play at this dance that your average teen is going to like? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Sep 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Quiet places to study in Edinburgh?

Quiet pubs and cafes for a student to study in Edinburgh [more inside]
posted by tyris33 on Sep 27, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I keep those durn' kids off my lawn?

Is there a way to control skateboarding on public grounds while being fair to skateboarders and not causing them to feel persecuted? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

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