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]
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]
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]
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?
Statistics question: How many tries are necessary for 99.9% chance of full coverage of a heterogenous population? [more inside]
What are some English words and terms that have changed meaning significantly in the last century or so? [more inside]
What book should I choose to be dedicated to me in honor of my recent graduation? [more inside]
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?
[LibraryFilter] Can I lend a collection of art books to a library? [more inside]
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]
What are some of the best Science (or more specifically Bioscience/natural resources) Blogs? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
I am about to enter my Master of Library & Information Science and I am curious to know which areas are of most value when it comes to employment in Library & Information Sciences? Which ones will make me more competitive in the current (Canadian) job market? [more inside]
Cannot find periodicals in the library. I am trying to find two reports by A.M. Best: "Whole Life: With Dividend Histories" and "1997 Historical Supplement: 10- and 20-Year Whole Life Dividend Performance" as recommended in this LA Times article. Contrary to the article, my library does not appear to stock these. Are there any sources I am overlooking? [more inside]
How can I find a library with access (preferably electronic) to the International Journal of Intercultural Relations? I am looking for this 1992 article. [more inside]
How much financial support do libraries derive from overdue fines? [more inside]
Beyond the stacks - what library e-resources shouldn't I miss as a new grad student? [more inside]
Looking for a media player for Windows that can directly delete files. [more inside]
Plant/Computers Filter: What's the best way to create an easily searchable digital database/library? Any program recommendations? [more inside]
Where would one get copies of evidence presented in a U.S. congressional hearing? Difficulty: 1940s. [more inside]
What classic books belong in an elementary school library? [more inside]
Should I become a librarian in a seminary? [more inside]
I'm trying to brainstorm real or fictional examples of some government or person in power trying to change or hide historical information by erasing, changing, or withholding items from a library or archive. [more inside]
Records about nuclear test series -- Operation WIGWAM and HARDTACK I. Willing to trade.... [more inside]
Librarians? Anyone? I'm looking for information on describing and/or predicting cat personality characteristics. I've been trying to find a library (or otherwise borrowable) copy of the ASPCA's "Meet Your Match Feline-ality guide" somewhere, or science/research/articles about it. No hits in WorldCat. Is it hopeless? [more inside]
Does anyone know of other online-only digital information management certificate programs similar to the one offered by the University of Arizona? I already have an MLIS, so I'm not interested in another Master's unless it's very in-depth and in a different field.
My public library system is preparing for massive layoffs; how can I transfer my librarian skillset -- research, customer service, computers -- into a new career? [more inside]
How do I protect my book library with renter's insurance? [more inside]
If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
I would like to read a copy of every Forbes magazine ever published. Where can I find a collection of them? [more inside]
What books can you use to judge a person's fiction preferences? [more inside]
One of my employees has been accused of theft. Please help me investigate. [more inside]
Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
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]
How do I use microfilm for library research? (multi-point question) [more inside]
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]
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.
How long do libraries keep fines "on the books"? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
license/registration/serial# frameworks for OS X? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me find some fun books for my commute. [more inside]
How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
Help a newbie volunteer make sense of a large, unorganised pile of books, most of which aren't even in English. [more inside]