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Day 2 or Librarians 1 Hackers 0

15 Nov

Did you know that librarians prevent hackers from getting into the university’s electronic databases? Kick-ass librarians. You don’t see that in the job description. The task for these librarians is to diagnose problems and find solutions. A bit like hackers really, or detectives. I don’t know why there aren’t more movies about librarians.

Skirt: Friends of Couture

Vest: Laura Ashley

Still Reading: Organising Knowledge in a Global Society: Principles and Practice in Libraries and Information Centres, by Philip Hider with Ross Harvey, (Centre for Information Studies, 2008).

Other things I found out today, that my brain hurts to talk about in detail are:

Librarians strive to get the best access to online materials for users.  They negotiate with the vendors for perpetual access. The other condition they try to procure is, “unlimited access” so multiple users can access the digital material anywhere, as many times as they want.

Libraries Australia is the librarian’s friend.

Monash Library offers walk-in terminals to the general public. So, if you want access to amazing electronic resources, like e-journals, why not ask your nearest university library if they do the same?

There are books in the library that have not been catalogued, just sitting on shelves, not recorded in the system, hiding in plain sight, waiting to  be discovered serendipitously. Not just one or two, but thousands. But not my books. My books have lovely records, you can find them easily.

My books

Day 1 or What I Wore to the Wrong Library

13 Nov

Dress: Chapel Street Bazaar

Recommended Reading: Organising Knowledge in a Global Society (aka The Librarian’s Bible, my title, not the authors’), Philip Hider with Ross Harvey, Revised edition, (Charles Sturt University, 2008).

The day started well. Lunches made, bags packed, kids dropped off at school, hubby at the station. Found a free car park, walked into the Monash University Library (Caulfield) to commence my first day on placement, asked where I could find my contact who was waiting to welcome me, politely informed I was at the wrong campus. The man at the Loans desk helpfully offered to email to say I was on my way, I told him not to bother, thought I could still make it on time, I did not want to look like an idiot.  Idiot Project, now complete. Back to the car, drove to correct campus (Clayton), found a $10!!! 3 hour car park, straight to the Sir Louis Matheson Library, where everybody I met was welcoming, helpful and tolerant of idiocy. I was pleased to see a fellow student on the placement, sometimes you want to share the boat with someone.

Together we went to speak with a staff member about collection management. We were told that Australians invented Demand Driven Acquisition, (also known as Patron Driven Acquisition) for buying ebooks. Come on Wikipedia, get with the program.

In 2010 The University of Western Australia established a pilot for E-Book Library (EBL) User Driven Selection. This new method of monograph acquisition enables users to select e-books for the collection via the EBL platform. The pilot proved very popular with over 8,000 titles being loaned and more than 700 titles auto purchased.

We spent the afternoon with a Cataloguing Supremo (not their actual title). With great warmth, humour and care they attempted to train us to overlay quality MARC (Machine Readable Cataloguing) records onto mini MARCs, (otherwise known as “horrible little records”), using an integrated library system called Voyager. Below is my first attempt at improving a record, actually this is mostly the Supremo’s work, but they were kind enough to credit me.

Title: What are little girls made of? : The roots of feminine stereotypes

Author: Elena Gianini Belotti

Margaret Mead 1901-1978.

Subjects: Girls ; Sex role in children ; Femininity ; Sex role

Publisher: New York : Schocken Books

Date: 1976

Format: 158 p. ; 22 cm.

Language: English

Notes: Translation of Dalla parte delle bambine.

Introduction by Margaret Mead

Includes bibliographical references.

Identifier: ISBN: 0805236309

Contents: 1. Expecting the baby — 2. Early childhood — 3. Games, toys and children’s literature — 4. Educational institutions: nursery, primary and secondary schools

Below is the MARC view (also known as the librarian view) of the record above, well not exactly the same, this one came from RMIT. Sorry Monash. You can see where the numeric tag indicates the bibliographic data, e.g. 100 = author. You can try to guess some of the others. Fun, fun.

000 01296cam a2200325 a 4500

001 202353

005 20121113142938.0

008 841217s1976 0 eng d

019 1_  |a 000000761135

020 __  |a 0805236163

035 __  |a (OCoLC)2283796

035 __  |a BRN00046871

035 __  |a GLIS00530943

035 __  |9 RMITb10530943

082 04  |a 305.2343

100 1 _  |a Belotti, Elena Gianini.

245 10  |a What are little girls made of? :  |b the roots of feminine stereotypes /  |c Elena Gianini Belotti ; introduction by Margaret Mead.

260 __  |a New York :  |b Schocken Books,  |c 1976.

300 __  |a 158 p.

500 __  |a Translation of: Dalle parte delle bambine.

504 __  |a Includes bibliographical references.

650 _0  |a Girls  |x Psychology.

650 _0  |a Sex roles.

650 _0  |a Socialization.

650_0  |a Parent and child.

Librarians are out there everyday doing this work just so YOU can find stuff. Librarians, awesome!

And if that was not enough excitement for one day, I have my own desk and my own snazzy phone. The day ended well.

My own desk.

My own snazzy phone.

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