Collection Development, Collection Revamp, Conferences, Work Stuff

The past five years in 21 slides

Ok, maybe not everything that's happened in the past five years, but this is a short distillation of the Really Big Project we've been working on in the library. One of the other librarians and I presented this today at the NELA 2020 conference. There's so much more I could say about the nitty-gritty but… Continue reading The past five years in 21 slides

Collection Development, School Libraries, Student stuff, Techno Geekiness, Work Stuff

So now we know… sort of…

Last week we finally heard from our Head of School what the start of the year would look like. Because Milton is such a complicated school, with three divisions, two of which are day only and one of which is day/boarding, decisions needed to be made by division rather than school-wide. Result? Our Lower and… Continue reading So now we know… sort of…

Collection Development, Collection Revamp, Professional organizations, Rants, School Libraries

Cataloging is FUNdamental

https://twitter.com/adr/status/1220894739110801408 Seriously?  How is ALA not requiring this? When I went for my MLS there were four required classes at the Palmer School and (you guessed it) cataloging was one of them.  My professor was the man who literally wrote the chapter of AACR2R on music cataloging, but friends who had other professors learned just… Continue reading Cataloging is FUNdamental

Books, Collection Development, Collection Revamp, School Libraries

The art of “yes… but no”

One of the big project we've undertaken has been to go shelf by shelf, moving books to better fitting DDC numbers so our students can find what they need more easily.  Sometimes the error was a simple transposition of the numbers, with something belonging in 973 ending up with 937 on the spine label.  Some,… Continue reading The art of “yes… but no”

Books, Collection Development, Collection Revamp, School Libraries, Student stuff, Work Stuff

Time to breathe

Because second semester is essentially Research Semester, with three months of classes (often 15-20 classes a day), we tend to tackle major projects in first semester.  Perhaps not the smartest idea, given the exhaustion I and the other librarians face by, well, now.  Luckily Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner, and then it's a… Continue reading Time to breathe