Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

Library cat assistant

September 30, 2013

There’s no shortage of cats on the internet (do they have a catnet where they spend all day looking at pictures of humans?), but we were particularly taken with this one that has been made an “Assistant Librarian” in a Russian Library:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/09/russian-library-just-hired-stray-cat-their-assistant-librarian/6941/

At the risk of being deluged by such things, let us know if you know of others.

Kiitos (thank you) to A for finding this for us.

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library marketing

December 10, 2012

New on TOTD’s desk this morning is a book:  ‘The Library Marketing Toolkit’ by Ned Potter (you can find him on Twitter as @therealwikiman ).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Library-Marketing-Toolkit-Potter/dp/1856048063/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355224069&sr=8-1

We’ve written a review to appear elsewhere, but in short this is a hugely practical and useful book that anyone involved in promoting a library should take a look at.  From strategy to social networking, from branding to advocacy.

And in that latter comes the relevance to us all.  Not only should all Library staff be involved in promoting both their own facilities and libraries in general, but increasingly all of us need to be promoting ourselves.

If you’re in employment are you ensuring your bosses are aware of your worth?  Are those you manage aware of how they fit into the greater scheme of things?  Are you selling yourself adequately to the wider institution or external connections?

If you’re a student, are you ‘promoting’ yourself to academics marking your work (perhaps by good references so they see the depth and breadth of your research) or to future employees by getting involved in professional development opportunities even before you’re formally part of the profession?

And so on…

Future of ebooks

November 5, 2012

We naturally follow developments in the world of ebooks with interest, so this caught our eye:

http://infoism.co.uk/blog/2012/11/the-future-for-ebooks-in-libraries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-future-for-ebooks-in-libraries&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

It has some good links to some of the issues – but you’ll have to be quick to submit your own evidence to the government’s review!

book mountain

November 1, 2012

After a bit of a hiatus while we’ve taken a break, been busy teaching and considered the future of TOTD, we’re back – although we might be more sporadic.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, this book mountain caught our eye:

http://inhabitat.com/mvrdvs-book-mountain-is-a-monument-to-reading-and-eco-design-in-the-netherlands/book-mountain-library-mvrdv-10/?extend=1

Is 24/7 hour opening really good for you?

June 27, 2012

Now that our latest period of 24/7 opening is over, this gives pause for thought on whether it’s really a good idea:

http://funktious.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/in-which-i-rant-about-24-hour-opening/

As ever, let us know what you think…

Facebook cover pages

March 28, 2012

You may be aware that Facebook is moving its users over to the new Timeline view and the University Library has already adopted the new look.  See what you think: http://www.facebook.com/uoplibrary

Well done to E for putting together some great content from our archives and P for writing text.

Musings About Librarianship has taken a look at what libraries are using for their Facebook cover page and we were delighted to see we featured: 

http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/what-are-library-facebook-pages-using.html

What’s more, seen in comparison like that, we think ours holds up well.  Let us know what you think.

Are e-books the end of Libraries?

March 22, 2011

Can libraries and e-books co-exist – or are digital books another threat for the public service?

This film from the BBC show Click visits the British Library and investigates their plans to digitise it’s collection. The film goes on to examine the use of ebooks by lending libraries (are they making themselves redundant) and the publisher’s plan to limit this service.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9422250.stm

Book Wallpaper

February 24, 2011

Yesterday TOTD featured some amazing celebrity libraries, but what to do if you can’t afford such luxury. Answer: Book Wallpaper!

http://remodelista.com/posts/walls-windows-floors-bookshelf-printed-wallpaper-roundup

Fool your friends with some of these fab wallpapers, TOTD particularly likes the last one.

Celeb Libraries

February 23, 2011

The common view of celebrities is that they spend their time partying and socializing and general being fabulous. We probably don’t think of them curled up  at (their incredible gorgeous and expensive) home with a good book!

It turns out however that many celebs have wonderful libraries and you can view some of them here

http://flavorwire.com/141846/celebs-theyre-geeks-like-us-libraries-of-the-rich-and-famous

(Thanks to LG for the suggestion)

Clearing the shelves!

January 24, 2011

Back on the 16th we mentioned a Twitter campaign to save (public) libraries. 

Now, over on the Isle of Wight, Newport library users have taken very direct action by clearing the shelves of books – borrowing right up to their limit of 30 and starting with the crime section (as it’s a crime to close libraries!). 

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/protesters-clear-out-newport-library-36875.aspx

Our thanks to J for spotting this and if you find a Library protest for TOTD – do let us know!