Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Click My Link: February 27, 2013

Links are back!  I'll let you decide if it's "with a vengeance"...

This is your brain on books: 10 things that happen to our minds when we read.

Are you voracious reader? If so, here are 100 essential sites just for you!

The next E.L. James will be a few shades less racy.

Apocalypse Wow: In These Teen Books, the End Comes First

10 of the most divisive authors in recent history. (According to Flavorwire. Do you agree or disagree with the list?)

10 sexiest books of all time. (The usual suspects. I think people need to update their go to lists...)

Discovery 101 (featuring Heather McCormack).

The Audie Award nominees are out! I like how they have a category for Fantasy and also one for SF.

Just for Fun:

Trailer for In the Flesh, a new BBC zombie series. (I hope, for the sake of the zombie lovers, it hits the states soon.)  

Another "50 years of Bond" tribute video:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Click My Link! February 25, 2013

Happy Monday!

Reader's Digest files for bankruptcy.

It turns out that Bookish is really good at promoting the content of the three publishers behind it, maybe not so good as a discovery tool.

James Patterson advises more dads to read to children.

In case you missed it, SF author John Scalzi on his Personal History of Libraries.

From SalonEdward Gorey's strange, curious world.

How do we feel about reading "difficult" books?

From NPR, LGBT characters in graphic novels.

Tor answers your publishing questions.

From Booklist, Marketing and Reader's Advisory: Notes from the Field.

Just for Fun:

Emoji Dick: "Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji."

Create your own pulp covers at the Pulp-O-Mizer:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Click My Link! February 15, 2013

We gave ourselves the day off for Valentine's Day. Happy Friday!

Another Publisher has a Serious Problem with a Librarian's Blog Post.

Eric Carle will release a new picture book this fall.

Rita Meade (@screwydecimalfound some gems while she was weeding the nonfiction collection. What will end up being the iconic images of this decade?

From the Telegraph, more talk about sex in YA fiction, aka "New Adult."

Sarah Jones (@lieberian) talks about ordering Young Adult items across several branches. If you work with teens, she's looking for tips on what's popular in your libraries right now.

The many faces of Pride & Prejudice. (Book covers, and only just a small sampling.)

Penguin/Random House merger gets the good housekeeping DOJ seal of approval.

Just like John McClane, the inspiration for the Die Hard movies will live forever (despite what the title says).

Something Old, Something New: Ancient Beowulf Manuscript now Available Online

John Donne's erotica. (I always think of The Flea, but that's just the beginning. Or, rather, the end.)

14 great poets on their favorite love poems.

Stephen King: A Beginner's Guide.

Just for Fun:

I need every one of these Game of Thrones plushies (really, that's a word now?) 

Infographic: The evolution of Star Trek

A nifty PBS bit on the Art of Illustration.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Checking In

Following my own advice from yesterday's post on collection maintenance, I checked in and organized all the young adult graphic novels (with the blessing of the YA librarian). Leaving aside the manga for another day, I estimate that we have over 400 YA graphic novels (on the shelf). Upon checking them in, I found:

  • 19 items marked "missing"
  • 3 items marked "lost"
  • 4 items with holds
  • 2 items with notes/cataloging problems
  • 2 graphic novels from the adult collection
  • 1 YA paperback
  • 1 item marked "display"

  • I also pulled out several items to potentially move to another part of the library (e.g., a Garfield collection that could go live with the other Garfield collections). The process took less than three hours, for which I was also on desk.

    Right after I finish these tasks, I always have a strong urge to hover protectively near the section and put things away as soon as people use them, but I also know (in my rational moments) that a messy collection is one that is being well-used.

    ETA: I also did quite a bit of repair, as this is a very popular collection, so that three hours includes a lot of taping up of spines and a few patron interactions, one of which was a guy requesting 15 audiobooks.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Collection Maintenance Tips

    So, you've ordered the books, and they're on the shelves! And you weed them occasionally. Maybe you even weed them on a set schedule, instead of when the shelves are overflowing and the pages start pleading with you to do something about them! Aside from weeding, here are some steps I recommend doing as frequently as possible to make sure that your collection looks presentable and is represented accurately in the catalog. As always, I recommend approaching your collection in manageable chunks, which for this exercise should be 1,000 items or less.

    If you're low on time, run a list of the items in one part of the collection that have "trouble" or out of the ordinary statuses:
    • missing
    • lost or lost and paid
    • billed
    • claims returned
    • in process
    • repair
    • in transit
    Go through (or send a minion, if you are lucky enough to have minions) and look for these trouble items. You'd be surprised how many of these items are actually sitting on the shelf where they're supposed to be. While you're browsing for these items, pull anything off the shelf that looks like it's in serious need of repair, and also anything that is incorrectly shelved. Before reshelving them in the right place, make sure to check those items in, following one of my favorite rules of thumb:

    If you're touching it anyway, you might as well check it in to make sure all is well.

    This rule applies to picking books up off of tables (internal use), books coming off displays and going back to the shelves, books that you found shoved at an awkward angle on top of other books in a back corner of the library...

    If you have more time, or are focusing on a relatively small part of the collection (or a part of the collection where things frequently go missing, such as DVDs, paperbacks, or graphic novels and manga), I recommend checking in every book. I know! This sounds like a lot of work, especially if you have to haul the books back and forth between the shelf and the scanner. I'll give you my example, and then you can tell me that I'm crazy. 

    I'm about to do one of my twice-yearly graphic novel orders for the adult collection. I order 30-40 items at a time, and the collection currently includes about 700 items (including some Spanish-language items). Over the course of three to four hours (some off-desk and some on), I put them all in order, checked them all in, and shifted them to make room for new items. I touched all the books. I got a good idea of what series I needed to check on for new titles, I repaired several items, and I checked the circulation of a few I had been tentative about to see whether they were going out (they weren't). Handling the books jogged my memory in a few cases, and I made some notes on what to order (and what not to order again).

    In addition to the items I repaired, I also found:
    • Four items marked "lost" or "lost/paid"
    • One item marked "claims returned"
    • Four items with holds on them
    • Twenty-one items marked "missing"
    • Three Spanish language graphic novels without "EspaƱol" stickers
    • One item missing a digit in its record, causing it to come up as "mis-cataloged"
    • Several items that needed to be reclassified or relabeled
    Now, tidying the status of 34+ items may not seem that exciting, but that's almost 5% of my collection, and now I don't have to think about repurchasing those not-really-missing items when I place my order. It took some time, but I believe it will be worthwhile in the long run, and for once the section is actually in order (until the library opens).

    What do you think?

    Click My Link: February 13, 2013

    Happy Wednesday!

    The Guardian tells us the best books for Valentine's Day.

    Ebooks easier on the eyes for the elderly.  (What I've suspected, but nice to see an actual study representing that.) 

    Steampunk Romance primer.

    The Paris Review talks "Love in Amish country."

    Oliver Twist's new, well, twist.

    Just for Fun:

    The Top 10 lesser known criminal slang terms. (Strawberry!) 

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    Click My Link! February 11, 2013

    Happy Monday!

    Although seniors may find reading easier on an electronic device, they are also among the least likely to want to read on an electronic device...

    Macmillan has settled with the DOJ re: price-fixing, leaving Apple the last fruit standing.

    The Grinch will be back as a 3D animated feature.

    First look photos from The Winter's Tale (from the Mark Helprin novel) 

    For Many Students, Print is Still King.
    "Think of this as the era of "print-plus," when the most popular textbook option remains a book—often printed and bound, sometimes digital—plus whatever extras and enhancements professors and students are willing to pay for." (With a discussion of my beloved Norton anthologies, which [unlike my college days] now have bonus electronic material.)

    From Heroes and Heartbreakers: Urban Fantasy 101. A good list of fundamental titles.

    Are these the 50 most influential books by women?
    Former Secretary of State Clinton to write new memoir. 

    The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick headed to small screen, courtesy of Syfy.

    Should it be OK to sue librarians for saying your books are bad? (Recap from Jessamyn West.)

    Agatha Award nominees.

    There's a new book discovery sheriff in town, have you tried it yet? (I did, with mixed results. Don't retire all the librarians just yet.)

    The end of Saturday mail delivery may mean trouble for newspaper and magazine publishers, but at the same time, digital magazine sales doubled in the second half of 2012.

    Just for Fun:

    The changing face of Superman.

    Harlem Shake in the library (is this what that "library noise" article was all about?!)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013