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Librarian’s Choice

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.

Library Management for the 80’s

Managing the Public Library
2nd ed.

In honor of National Library Week, we have a few bonus posts to make sure you are also thinking about your professional collection. (When was that last weeded?)

This relic was published in 1984. I’m not sure what was updated or revised (or if it was updated or revised…) because the second edition still cites data from 1981-1982. (Really, really old data like per capita expenditures and revenues.)

There is barely a mention of computers, other than to say that computerization and automation could really help libraries improve the use of tax funds through “more effective use of personnel, and better control of resources” (p. xiii). Well, that’s certainly true – and has been for thirty-odd years.

The page on audiovisual services talks about how libraries often separate collections by format. You know, so that a patron who does not have access to a film projector won’t waste their time looking through film reels.

The marketing section focuses on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, flyers, and direct mail. Libraries may still use those venues in marketing today, but a more useful book on the topic would have to include e-newsletters, social media, mobile apps, and other techie techniques.


More Library Science:

Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries

So You Want to Be a Librarian

Manage That Small Library

Please Weed the Weeding Book

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Friday Fiction: Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility
original: 1811

Submitter: A super boring textbook from the 90s or a classic in large print? Which Dashwood sister is banished to the red chair in the futuristic building? So many public domain images could have been used – flowers, English countryside, fabric, etc….

Holly: I tried to find this cover on Amazon to get the copyright year of this edition. (I didn’t find it). There are lots of weird covers for this book! This is one of the strangest, though. This cover has been used for other random books such as A History of Mathematics by Florian Cajori, A History of German Literature by Wilhelm Wackernagel, and my personal favorite: Pleadings and Depositions in the Duchy Court of Lancaster  by Henry Fishwick. Not an awful library book, just a weird cover.

More Weird Covers:

Friday Fiction: Cover Art Creeps

WTF Cover Art: Timepivot – Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction: Venusia

Evolving Cover Art

Jinny Williams Returns

Jinny Williams: Library Assistant
Temkin and Hovell

I have been on the lookout for a copy of this book since we first posted it 5 years ago. Finally my constant searching on Amazon and used book stores has paid off. I now own this awesome library discard for my own personal collection.

Jinny is searching for meaning in her career and of course as we know it takes an entire library to raise a librarian. Jinny starts as a page and works her way up and finally considers librarianship a career. (What will she do with all that money and power?)  Of course there is a crabby senior librarian who gets a bit frosty at Jinny. There is even an annoying customer and minor politics! What is not to love? All she needs is a cardigan and a cat!


More Library Romance:

The Loveliest Librarian

Lightning that Lingers (another favorite!)

Another Shy Librarian

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