D-Day +1

Apr. 6th, 2016 09:02 pm
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Remember last week when the northeast corner of the first floor looked like this?



When I left work yesterday, it looked more like this:

Pictures under cut... )

D-Day

Apr. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Last week I posted pictures of what my library looked like after we finished packing everything. Construction started today. About 90% of my workplace is a hard hat area that we're not allowed into.

Oddly enough, the biggest issue was that the construction guys propped open all the exterior doors for easier access. The high today was 39° F. We were all freezing all day.

This was the view from the entrance to the office area when I left work this afternoon:



the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
The library where I work has just started a major renovation project. When I say "major," I mean "gut to the exterior walls and start over." We're knocking down the main staircase and moving it and the elevator shaft (that'll be the second time for the elevator shaft since I've been there), creating a whole new floor plan, and replacing the HVAC system and rewiring the building. As a result, we're moving out to a temporary location for the next 8-12 months.

Have you ever moved a library? Only about 40% of the collection will fit in the temporary location, so we had to pack in two phases: one group of things for the temporary location and one group of things for long-term storage. And not only do we have to pack and move the books and videos and music and such, we have to move the shelves, computers, phones, reference desk, vending machines, and everything else. As of today the collection is packed and moved, and most of the staff is at the temporary location frantically shelving things so we can reopen to the public on Monday (this is the second week we've been closed). And once we get the public part of the library up and running, we get to start over and move the office areas. We're planning to be in the new offices by mid-April.

Pictures under the cut... )

We all got quite the workout over the last two and a half weeks, even with the help of the moving company. And I'm one of maybe half a dozen people who have been there long enough to have participated in the move the last time we renovated.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Public libraries in the U.S. generally use the Dewey Decimal Classification system to organize their books, but they frequently make an exception for fiction since many patrons are intimidated by the Dewey numbers and equate them with ancient dusty tomes of philosophy and history instead of the new James Patterson book they want.

Libraries who organize their fiction collection separately have different ways of doing it. Our library uses the prefix FICTION, while other libraries use FIC, or just F. The books are then arranged alphabetically by author, or if the book is a collection by multiple authors, by title.

The other day I was cataloging a story collection by multiple authors called This Holiday Magic, so it was going to be arranged by title. The library that had originally cataloged it in WorldCat used F as a prefix. Yes, that means the call number at that library was F THIS.

I wonder if the person at the other library who assigned that number was giggling as hard as I was.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Today I got to catalog a children's nonfiction picture book called Bee Detectives. The majority of the book was about how bees are being trained to detect land mines because they're small enough and light enough not to trigger the mines. That was actually kind of cool.

However, the book ended by talking about how bees are also being trained to detect bedbugs. Umm, what? Because a bedbug infestation isn't bad enough? You need a houseful of bedbugs and bees? Why not throw in a couple handfuls of ants and spiders too, just to complete the horror?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Yesterday I was cataloging a cookbook called Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook by Alex Guarnaschelli. Old school comfort food? I was thinking meatloaf or chicken soup or chili mac. I was actually really hoping for a good chili mac recipe, so I opened the book at random and landed on a recipe for...fried duck hearts with golden raisins and serrano chiles. I am not making that up. I couldn't believe it either, so I flipped to another couple of pages at random and found recipes for mussels with white mushrooms and hazelnuts, and for crispy squid with garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil.

Mmm. Just like grandma used to make. If grandma'd been a Cordon Bleu chef.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I cataloged a children's book about outer space yesterday. Naturally, the first thing that popped into my head was "'Space,' it said, 'is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.'"* Then I opened it up, and the first line of the book was "Outer space is huge."

Giggling commenced.

*The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
I'm in Seattle right now for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. It's the boring one of the two annual conferences (Midwinter and Annual) because it consists almost entirely of committee meetings, but I'm here to meet with my committee, so there you are.

When I was in line waiting to board my plane this morning, one of the airline employees at the check in desk looked at us and said, "Wow, you're all so orderly and quiet." A guy at the front of the line yelled, "How many people are librarians?" About a third of us raised our hands. Everyone else allowed as how that probably explained a lot.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
You know you're an anime geek when you're cataloging a book called The Flame Alphabet and you keep misreading the title as The Flame Alchemist. Rock on, Roy Mustang.

Best book title I've seen in a long time: The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. I am not making that up. My inner 12-year-old could not stop laughing.
the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
Some of you may remember my occasional posts about cross stitching. I'm sure you think I'm making it all up at this point because I haven't finished a project in something like 8 years, including the project I started and posted about 2 years ago. But now I've actually made something! I even made two somethings!

I was highly motivated. For those who don't know, I'm a librarian. Our craft book collection isn't circulating like it used to, so the staff was issued a (completely voluntary) challenge last August to pick a craft book out of our collection and make something from it. The resulting craft item would then be put on display along with a color photocopy of the cover of the book the craft came from so that patrons would know that they could make whatever-it-is too.

Stuff I Made )

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