Monday, June 22, 2020

A few thoughts on Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (and there are mobile libraries)

Upright Women WantedUpright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This near future Western is pacy and punchy. There are Librarians, and the capital matters, but don’t make assumptions about them. Not making assumptions is key to much in this piece.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

How are you documenting the pandemic? a post for #GLAMBlogClub about forever

How are you documenting the pandemic?  If you have been working on site at a library have you photographed it?  Did you photograph moving the furniture to fit other staff in?  Did you photograph what the click and collect looks like?  Did you photograph the new spray screens, the supplies cupboard?  There are records which can can be kept forever (with decent digital preservation).

Plus while you weren't going out much, did you photograph the occasional times you did?  

I hope that you are staying safe, and that the opening up of your libraries has gone/will go well.
Blood bank - Hunter Street

Monday, April 27, 2020

looking at partnerships for #GLAMblogClub

As we continue in lock down, with people working from home or from closed libraries, or various other combinations of work, means this sign serves as a prompt to us, to change, and to think about different ways to do things.

No touch traffic signs
 We are experiencing service changes, and we need to continue to plan for service changes as we are likely to continue at a distance from one another for a while, even when more of us may lose our jobs during this time.  The example shown below is a recent partnership.

Thanks to an alert from Rachel for this. 

What new partnerships is your library involved in or is considering?

Monday, March 23, 2020

A few thoughts on The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf GuideThe Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide by Rebecca Vnuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a pacy and helpful book to read. When I worked in public libraries I always enjoyed weeding, and I think it has a key role in developing and maintaining library collections. Too often people are at extremes either weeding little or taking a slash and burn (or throw) approach with little regard to the actual statistics on use (or consideration of poor cataloguing or inadequate displays or even poorly managed selection). Vnuk also highlights the importance of informing the community so they are seeing you manage rather than pillage the collection.

This is a detailed booked looking at the different number classifications, however the most helpful sections are looking at the over all strategy of weeding, and references to other resources such as Crew and the examples from specific libraries mentioned within the book. While some of the material is slightly dated, the big picture information is still crucial. It also includes the need to manage your econtent selections.

I read this on Indyreads.

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