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Day 6 or Librarian Cliché

21 Nov

Not cardigans, glasses, shushing or gin. It’s cats!

This cat. And no, her name is not Dewey.

Dress: Boden

Damascene Ring & Pendant: Ebay

Reading: Understanding Cats (Animals Around Us) by Bridget Gibbs, Illustrated by John Barber, Colin King and Sam Peffer, (Rigby, 1978).

In the picture above you will notice another issue I have with second hand books. Multiple copies. I know I can’t be the only hoarder out there. Anyone?

Yes, I did start the second week of my placement at Monash University’s Caulfield Library, where I did meet a lot of lovely, clever people and did begin work on an interesting library project. But, I got a SUPER CUTE KITTEN! So I will tell you all about the library stuff some other time.

Day 5 or Good bye, Louis!

17 Nov

Tunic: Threadz from Birdsnest

Skirt: Op shop

Shoes: Wonders

Ring: Klei

Demonic eyes: Me

Reading: A book, by?

Can we scan or copy book covers to post into a library blog? This is not a library blog, it is a blog about libraries (and shoes) but copyright still applies.

“There is no copyright issue if the cover does not include any copyright works. However, most covers include “artistic works” (such as illustrations or photos) and many also include “literary works” (such as abstracts), and these can be protected by copyright.” Australian Copyright Council. Whoops!

  • To use all or a “substantial part” of an artistic work in any of the ways reserved to the copyright owner, you will need permission from the copyright owner, unless copyright has expired or a special exception applies.
  • The creator of copyright material is not always the copyright owner.
  • The owner of a physical item does not necessarily own copyright in that item.
  • Intestacy law or the will of a deceased person may determine who inherited copyright owned by the person when they died.
  • The Copyright Act does not allow you to use copyright material without permission merely because you canʼt identify the copyright owner, or canʼt contact them, or because they fail to reply to your request.
  • If you have used copyright material without permission, using “good faith notices” or statements that you were unable to contact the copyright owner, does not alter your legal liability for infringement.
  • Once you have permission to use an artwork, you still need to ensure that you do not infringe its creatorʼs moral rights. Artworks: Getting Permission.

    Anyway, enough of that.

    I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Rare Books Collection at the Sir Louis Matheson Library. You MUST (yes, I am screaming at you!) go and visit a rare books collection and talk to the librarians there, doesn’t have to be Monash, pick one. They are an Aladinn’s cave for art, photography, book, and ephemera lovers. You will never want to leave. Unless you forget your cardigan, it gets cold in the back room, a constant 18 degrees Celsius. Humidity and high temperature, very bad for books. It is amazing what they are collecting, and what they are not telling you they are collecting. Enticed?

    The first week of my placement is done, so it is good bye to the Sir Louis Matheson Library and hello to the Caulfield Library.  See you next week.

Day 3 or Risk Taking Librarians

15 Nov

Monash University has a research repository, that is, “a place to securely store and centrally manage selected research data“. WAIT!!! Don’t go. Stay. I haven’t told you what is in it.

It has a digitised copy of every edition of Lot’s Wife student newspaper between 1961-2008, (I hope I have got those dates right). If you ever read, or wrote for student newspapers then this is the place for you. If you ever attended Monash, place for you. Were a student between 61-08, ditto. If you are interested in student protest and Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, check out the issues between 62-73.

In a nutshell, if stuff is online it gets used more. Use it.

Necklace: Polka Luka
Uncomfortable Shoes: Funkis
Shirt: Deep Blue

Still Reading:

Title Organising knowledge in a global society : principles and practice in libraries and information centres /​ Philip Hider with Ross Harvey.
Author Hider, Philip, 1971-
Other Authors Harvey, D. R. (Douglas Ross), 1951-
Charles Sturt University. Centre for Information Studies
Edition Rev. ed.
Published Wagga Wagga, N.S.W. : Centre for Information Studies, 2008.
Physical Description xiii, 371 p. ; 25 cm.
Series Topics in Australasian library and information studies, 1030-5009 ; no. 29
Subjects Information organization.
Information storage and retrieval systems.
Cataloging — Standards.
Electronic information resources.

Libraries provide people with access to materials, not a free licence to copy them. Libraries take risks in providing this access, Lot’s Wife is a case in point.

Cautionary tale: William Faulkner Estate Sues over Woody Allen film. I am loving William Faulkner (although, not so much that I am prepared to quote him), but I am not so much loving his estate.

Books in bins, retrieved by cranes. The future of libraries is here.

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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