From Yale: If the roughly 12.5 million volumes in Yale's libraries weren't enough for Yale students, they will now have access to 17 million more thanks to the Harvard Library. The decision comes nearly 10 years after the rest of the Ivy League began participating in the interlibrary sharing system Borrow Direct.
Wicked Local reports: The Concord Free Public Library has started to circulate five Kindle e-book readers. Each Kindle circulates for a two-week period and comes loaded with several regional travel guides and approximately 50 popular titles including “Freedom: a Novel” by Jonathan Franzen, “Moonlight Mile”by Dennis Lehane, “Tinkers” by Paul Harding, “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” by Bill Bryson, and “Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking.
We were fully staffed yesterday, the first time in months. Even though half of the staff is new, its better than nothing and its great to blame things on the "new guy" [new GAL(s)].
It being Mother's Day also relieved the patron rush, still had a 1000+ door count though.
Only one "bad" patron interaction out of a hundred or so, not too bad.
Story from the NYTimes about a $2.3 million dollar sorting machine that does the work that nobody wanted to do previously...sorting books to send from one branch to another.
Salvatore Magaddino, who oversees the library system’s distribution of materials did not know that such a machine existed until a colleague pointed out one that was featured in a YouTube video.
Article features photos and a video of the machine at work.
Fun! To celebrate National Library Week this week, the West Caldwell NJPublic Library, 30 Clinton Road, will are invited to have a blind date with a book (no long term commitment necessary).
Just choose a wrapped book from the special display area, take it home and read it. You won’t know what the book is until you unwrap it! This book is the Library’s National Library Week gift to you.
"There is No Such thing as Patron - Circ Desk Confidentiality."
I don't know what it is about the circ desk, but it seems like patrons seem to frequently throw the general sense of self disclosure out the window. It's quite similar to someone telling their whole life story to a bartender at the bar.
Tonight I was part of one of the most awkward discussions I have had at the circ desk.
A mother came up to me at the circ desk and told me that her two children had been out of the country for the past year and that they needed new cards. Sure thing, easy transaction.
When I was looking up her children's accounts by searching with her last name, she saw the PC screen and said to her children, "Wow there are a lot of people with our last name, I mean, my ex-husband's last name." Her son looked up at her and asked, "You and dad got a divorce???" She quickly changed the subject by having him sign his name on his new card. I tried not to react at all, but I may have winced when he asked.
Well now I've seen it all. There's a recall on SEVERAL DIY (do it yourself) books. (reminds me of 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' Steve Carell-"Do you like to do it yourself?")
Here's the official government link:
"Do Not Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth"
I had a gentleman approach me at the desk yesterday asking if there was a manager on duty. I've learned from past experience that my lack of authority > manager's ineptitude.
So I told him that I could look in the back for one to which he replied, "Well, maybe you can help me."