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This is Mary and Holly’s catch-all category. Here we feature posts about librarians and libraries as well as just some cool stuff we find.

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Library Skills for the Kids

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Developing Library Skills
Guide to Discovering and Using Library Resources
Lakritz
1989

As we close out our National Library Week posts, we need to have something for the kids. I know we want the kids to know all about the card catalog and the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. This is more about teaching tools. The worksheets aren’t too bad if you were in the 4th grade in the mid 1980s. I think we can safely weed this one. It is probably outdated for the parents of the intended audience.

Mary

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NLW 2017-Some Love in the Stacks: Deputy’s Perfect Match

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The Deputy’s Perfect Match
Carter
2017

I have been on a romance binge for the last year or so. Lately, I prefer the contemporary/HEA kind, provided I don’t hate the protagonist or think he/she is particularly stupid. I am also partial to librarians as main characters. So in honor of National Library Week, I am going to share a librarian romance off my TBR pile. As this one was just released, I am only about 25% in. So far, I am annoyed at our librarian who gets a bit  snippy about our romantic lead’s inquiry about getting a library card. (It sounded a bit judgmental.) She does lighten up as the story progresses.  I do love the set up of the deputy “investigating” our intrepid librarian by attending a Jane Austen book club. So far, the public library setting is pretty perfect, but hey, it’s a romance and fiction, so all the patrons are very well behaved and no one is too weird….yet. I am sure my romance patrons that like a more gentle tone in their fiction will probably love it.

Happy National Library Week,

Mary

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NLW 2017: Give ‘Em What They Want

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Give ‘Em What They Want!: Managing the Public’s Library
American Library Association
1992

Submitter: This was not a bad choice for 1992. But holding on to it today is just sad. This was still being used at my local library. I think it’s time to update to this century.

Holly: This was great in the early 1990s! I even like the “give ’em what they want” philosophy for library management books for today. It is just too dated to be useful, though. The screen shots below (especially the Baker & Taylor ordering system) are just comical. Of course technology is still part of long-range planning, as indicated in the third image below (the one with the microfilm machine), but the way that is worded is soooo 1992. Or earlier.

 

 

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