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]
I need help dealing with rowdy teenagers at the library. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for software to create a database of the CDs at a community radio station. [more inside]
Recommendations for library cataloguing software for a small school library. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Library and indie bookstore acquisitions -- help? Tell me how new titles are chosen and if this plan might work. [more inside]
I think graduate school was a mistake. Drop out, seek new program, or persevere? [more inside]
Librarians: what do you want for gifts this holiday season? (Not at your libraries, but you personally). [more inside]
I have about a thousand books and a burning desire to reorganize them. [more inside]
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]
Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally. [more inside]
Is it normal or is it the symptom of a serious cognitive / psychological disorder that I don't like teaching? [more inside]
Library-Related Trivia? [more inside]
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.)
Committing the great library sin...which of these is a better way to get rid of some books? [more inside]
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]
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.
I want to read investigative reports exposing corruption or scandal on a local or national level. Please provide me with links. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Is there a nice academic library in Chicago that is open to the public on evenings and weekends? [more inside]
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]
Quiet pubs and cafes for a student to study in Edinburgh [more inside]
Is there a way to control skateboarding on public grounds while being fair to skateboarders and not causing them to feel persecuted? [more inside]
I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
I am a new librarian who is faced with a job search quandary. I applied very recently to Anonymous Library for a professional position. I really want to work there. I haven't heard anything back yet regarding my application. What to do about a current job offer elsewhere? [more inside]
I'm looking for a guide on developing Facebook Applications, ideally with a Library context in mind. I've read about several examples (e.g. WorldCat and several university based examples). My initial idea is to build a catalogue or article search tool. Other ideas on library Facebook applications are also welcome. I came across a great article on this in the Code4Lib journal but I'm looking for more instructions.
What sort of training and orientation does your workplace provide to new employees? [more inside]
Trying to find memory-holed "60 Minutes" episode from 1986... can anyone help? [more inside]
It's the end of the world and you have time to save one book. Which one will you save? [more inside]
Annoying iTunes library question [more inside]