Help me find a good scanner for library research - good quality, fast, quiet, portable ... cheap? [more inside]
We have Netflix and Gamefly. I want to know if there is a Netbooks or Bookfly equivalent? [more inside]
Is there any open-source book cataloging program, based on MS Access or another popular database, for personal use? [more inside]
What institutions/artefacts/services has the internet categorically seen the back of?
What's the best way to organize and re-tag my enormous MP3 library? (iTunes, Mac 10.5, 20k+ songs) [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a simple open source library management system / book database which offers a searchable web front-end / OPAC and which accepts imported data without MARC records (ie CSV or tab-delimited)? [more inside]
How did paper-based library circulation work before computers? I remember that the librarian stamped the book and the book's card with the due date (by hand), and then kept the card. What did they do with the card? How did they associate the book with my account? Was there a separate ledger where they kept the association? Or did they write my name/number on the card itself?
What are some great animated halloween classics appropriate for the teen set? [more inside]
I’m trying to build a simple web portal to share PDF and HTML documentation with our customers, and allow them to search the documentation. I figured this would be many FOSS tools available to do this, but I keep running into roadblocks… [more inside]
My question is that I want to know what computer science classes at a community college I should take before enrolling in a MLS graduate school? [more inside]
Librarians / Researchers / Gale PowerSearch users/developers! How do I use the word count limit successfully? [more inside]
My Macbook Pro was stolen. Just about the only non-shitty thing about it is that I keep my huge iTunes library on an external drive. All the music files are on the drive, but the data files (library.xml) were on the stolen Mac. I have another Macbook. What's the simplest way I can rebuild my library on it? [more inside]
Looking for guidance on using Google Maps, or a workalike, for a non-map (blueprints) application. [more inside]
What's a thoughtful way to thank two librarians who went through a lot of hassle for me? [more inside]
How do I move my iTunes library from my old PC to my new PC? I listen on my iPhone, not an iPod, which I understand does not function in disk mode. I've searched other answers and can't find one that addresses these particular issues, plus the Apple website claims iTunes version 7.0 "fixes" this problem which really makes me nervous. Thanks!
What materials should I use for labelling the spines of my books? [more inside]
I have just uploaded my very long Amazon wish list into librarything (neat!). I would like to see if these books are available at the Mid-Manhattan library. I know I can search for them one by one in Leo (the NYPL search engine). Is there a more efficient way for me to do this? [more inside]
Attention Librarians (preferably of the public variety): PLEASE help me not blow my best shot at my first full-time Adult Services gig! Long explanation inside, sorry... [more inside]
Dear AskMeFi Librarians and Librarian-Wannabes, can you please explain-slash-distinguish between MARCXML, MODS, METS and EAD in terms of why one is better (or even different) than the other? [more inside]
Why are library search engines always given first names? [more inside]
WebLibary filter: MeFites, in your opinion what is the BEST web library for art journals and books a la, Questa? [more inside]
I work at a public library where we use a popular pc reservation and management system for our public PCs. Some young dudes come in, bypass the login screens and play World of Warcraft etc from their flash disks. My concern is they’ve managed to get admin privileges to do naughty things like extend their session time and kick other people with reservations off. I am just a lowly circulation clerk wondering if anyone could explain HOW these fellows bypass the reservation system and some possible strategies I could suggest while I wait to unleash my ultimate plan for a sound proof gamers lounge. [more inside]
In order to continue putting off packing for an upcoming move, I am looking for software for cataloging home libraries. [more inside]
Do the University of Phoenix schools have libraries at their on-ground locations? If not, how do they get away with that?
How do I nicely organize my library of 80 gigs of MP3s? [more inside]
What recent book(s) must my wife read to become better versed in the issues facing academic libraries and librarians today? [more inside]
I need a library card to access online databases, in particular JSTOR, OED, Author databases and generally the more the better. My state library sucks so I guess I need to buy an out of state card. San Francisco, New York City and Boston seem to have a decent database selection. Any reccomendations for an affordable out of state library card?
Is it usual for school librarians and teachers to have disagreements and conflicts over "appropriate" content and media in school libraries? [more inside]
Where to find those VERY large storybooks that children's librarians use for storytelling hours? I've searched for "large", "big" and "oversized" storybooks to no avail.
Is there a free website when I can view and print articles from old copies of the journal of "The American Philosophical Society?" Even my local public library doesn't offer it for free in that they charge for printing each page and I have some very long articles from the 1800's I need to print. No emailing to another location is allowed. Thank you.
Where can I keep track, online, of my current list of books read/owned and books I want to read? [more inside]
I am 22 and one year out of undergrad. I would like to get a paraprofessional library job in NYC. I live in Seattle. Is it stupid to expect that I could set up interviews before moving? Will employers even look at my resume now? [more inside]
Due to space restrictions, how do I bid farewell to my home library? [more inside]
Help my librarians remember to rove! I need a specific sort of break timer and I can't seem to find one anywhere. [more inside]
I want a set of Discworld bookends for my Terry Pratchett collection. I'm particularly interested in Death, as I already have a gift set with the Librarian and Rincewind. I'm having trouble even finding the bookends online, and shipping directly from the UK would be pretty expensive, as they're heavy (naturally) and I'm in Florida. Where to look? How to get the best deal? Any help from the hive mind would be greatly appreciated!
MLSFilter: Recommendations for a completely online MLS program? [more inside]
I am trying to design a banner for a public library web site. I find that all the banners I design are too retro-looking. Kind of 1950s, Alvin Lustig or Saul Bass inspired. Cute, but they don't seem to represent a forward-thinking, technology-oriented library. I am looking for examples of banners that might inspire me, and I am hoping you all might have some suggestions. Also, any elements you think I should try to include or try to avoid. This banner will be seen by tens of thousands of people, and will be the "face" of the library online. Links to examples of what you think works and why it works would be much appreciated. I had no idea that I would have such a hard time with this; I just don't seem to get 2007 design! Thanks.
I have a Masters in Library Science. I received it a year and a bit back. In that time, I have been applying for a job in the public library sector as a reference librarian. I am not getting anywhere though I am following professional protocol in regards to a sound cover letter and solid resume. I got a 3.6 GPA in the program which is decent but not perfect. Decent, though. I have recently been broadening my search to places outside of my home state of Indiana (and Indianapolis). If you have any recommendations for the best job site areas to review on a regular basis, I am interested. [more inside]
How to find the "internet resource" part of a Worldcat listing? [more inside]
LibraryFilter: What helps / hinders you in your use of the public library? [more inside]
I've been using Bibliophil to track my books and reading. Are there similar sites or tools for movies and music? [more inside]
At the public library where I work, our sockets are horribly placed right under the public computers. Because of this placement, our power strips are knocked out of the socket several times a week. [more inside]
Best practices for library book sales? My librarian friend is hosting her first book sale (that is, she's free to run it differently than it has been run for years) and is looking for ideas to make it a fun, profitable and successful event. What kinds of things make a book sale really work? [more inside]
I'm trying to sort and clean up a media library that contains a total of 16431 items, 51.2 days, 108 GB. So hand sorting is out of the question. Itunes seems to have found Some Duplicates, That need to be deleted. This has proven to be a grueling task if its to be done manually. [more inside]
I am looking for something that will enable me to write a message that will popup on a computer outside of my network. [more inside]
I'm looking for an application to play music files from my external hard drive/music library. However, there's a snag. [more inside]
Hypothetically, if you had $10,000 to build a library collection to support a videogame design/animation program, what items would include? [more inside]
I work in a public library. We currently have a few dozen public use computers that are on a queueing system; however, we are planning on ordering a few new computers that will be on a different network so we are looking at different options. [more inside]
CollectionFilter: Our library's Special Collections dept. has just discovered an unusual matchbook in another item of the collection. After looking to see how these books are collected and stored, we found out that the actual matches are usually removed (due to fire hazard, I'm assuming) and the covers stored flat in plastic sleeve. In the case of our matchbook, though, the actual matches are printed to look like soldiers and we'd of course like to keep them. Is there something else we can do to neutralize the flammability of the matches while keeping them intact?
[NoseBleedFilter] How to maintain a file library on Big Computer, and a small selection on Little Computer, so Big Computer Looks like Little Computer, but Little Computer doesn't need to carry all the files in file library? [more inside]