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Changes to Email RSS Feed

Beginning in July, Google is making changes to its FeedBurner RSS service. Specifically, they will no longer have an RSS by Email service. If you subscribe to ALB by email, you will no longer receive our posts once they make those updates.

Don’t despair! We’ve added a new service to pick up the slack! It’s called Follow.It and all you need to do is click on either the Email RSS button at the top of the right sidebar (or toward the bottom of the page if you’re on a mobile device) or put your email address in the new “Subscribe by Email” form at the bottom of the right sidebar (bottom on mobile).

If you subscribe in a feed reader (like Feedly, The Old Reader, or even Follow.It, for example) there is nothing you need to do to continue receiving your semi-daily piece of collection management gold.  

Now go back to your weeding!

Holly

valentines

Valentine’s Day Special

Dating, love, and romance are always available at your local library. We here at ALB want to make sure you are taking advantage of so many titles geared to help you manage your love life! (You’re welcome!) Our first post listed, Make your own sex toys has been gracing our Valentine’s list off and on since 2012. To this day, I still get a bit squeamish when I see people squeezing the vegetables and fruit at the grocery store.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mary and Holly

picture of a weed

We need some help!

I know COVID-19 has made life in libraries much more complicated. Weeding is probably taking a backseat to more important matters. However, we are not as flush with posts as we used to be. Consider sending us some pictures of your more interesting weeds. Don’t forget those books that have been ruined by use or careless patrons.

Find out more by clicking on the submissions tab above. Remember, submissions are anonymous. We won’t out you to your hoarding co-workers. (Every library has hoarders. They probably have some excellent awful books laying around. Snap a few pics when they aren’t looking.)

We appreciate any help you can send us.

Mary and Holly

happy thanksgiving

Turkey Redux

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I thought I would share some Thanksgiving books from years past. You can link to the original post at the title. My personal favorite is the last one because of the truly awful illustrations.

I wish I had something super inspirational to say about the holiday, but I am tapped out on inspiration at the moment. However, I am hopeful.

Currently, my library is rolling back to curbside only, so we only have virtual service right now. I have always liked working the desk on the holiday weekend. I will miss my traditional Thanksgiving weekend library questions and comments.

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The COVID-19 Post

Last week I got hundreds of emails about COVID-19 from every vendor telling me they have a plan and they care deeply about me. Almost every website I read regularly has some kind of COVID-19 plan. So here is mine:

Mary’s ALB COVID-19 Plan

  • Limit the amount of news I am consuming
  • Increase the amount of M&Ms I am consuming
  • Delete emails from vendors about their COVID-19 plans
  • Watch some cat videos

COVID-19 has thrown everything out of order for me. (I promise to be better in the next pandemic.) I have a handful of posts left and a few library specific posts for National Library Week. So until further notice, we are reducing the number of posts per week until I can get back into the catalog or think of something clever to post in its place. If any of you have some candidates hiding out in your personal weeds, bring out your dead and share them with us. Click on the Submissions tab on the main menu to find out more.

For the record, Holly and I are doing just fine, health wise. We hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe.

Mary and Holly

 

2020

Post Holiday Reference

2019 is dead and buried. It’s time to return to work. Both Holly and I return to work tomorrow ready to help patrons cope with our new year. Before the week is out, at least 10 people will comment that they are still using 2019. I will be wondering what day it is probably for at least a week due to crazy schedules and holidays.

For those of us in public libraries, summer reading will start kicking into high gear and many of us will be writing annual reports for the library. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Here are some typical reference desk scenarios you can expect on your return to work.