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Reference Question of the Week – 3/22/15

   Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Library, Random, Reference Question | No Comments »

There really was nothing to this question, other than I thought it was neat and a creative idea. This came into the general reference email inbox this week: From: Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 To: askus@mvlc.org Subject: Card Catalog Good Afternoon- My name is […] and I am a high school teacher in town. My […]


Banned Books Inquiry, And What We Found Here

   Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 in Library | 6 Comments »

We had an interesting request from a college student who is doing a project on book challenges in libraries. We didn’t have a lot to contribute, but I thought I’d share the exchange here anyway to hopefully hear about other libraries’ experiences. This student asked [edited for privacy], Date: March 8, 2015 at 10:40:31 PM […]


Reference Question of the Week – 3/15/15

   Posted on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 in Library, Reference Question | No Comments »

I had to wait to post this one until the event had passed, because I didn’t want to skew the results. And also as a caveat emptor right up front, this might be one of those “you had to be there” moments, because the set up is long so the punch line may be anti-climatic. […]


World’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions

   Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 in Library, Marketing | 1 Comment »

From the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners comes this infographic. I’m not sure that the number of people who use Massachusetts libraries are strictly tourists, but still it’s a nice-looking way to illustrate that libraries have not been killed off by the internet. Take that, Niagara Falls! Incidentally, here’s Travel+Leisure’s full list of visit statistics.


Reference Question of the Week – 3/8/15

   Posted on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Library, Reference Question | 2 Comments »

One afternoon, an older Asian women came up to the desk. In this case, I’m only pointing out the age and ethnicity to illustrate that she and I did not share a common native language. Usually I’m pretty good at hearing what people are saying, even with heavy accents on their English. However, with this […]


What Do To When Authors Die

   Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2015 in Books, Personal | 4 Comments »

Terry Pratchett died this week, and I, like many people, were saddened. I came to the Discworld books later in my life, sort of by accident (which is the best way to come across books like the Discworld books), and to say I liked them is an understatement. It was more like the worlds and […]