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Another Great Feature for a Library App

   Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 in Library, Technology | 7 Comments »

At the risk of this blog becoming a list of things only interesting to me, here’s another cool new-to-me app I just recently learned about. It’s called Mr. Silent, and it lets you auto-mute your phone based on time, location, or contact. It seems like a fairly obvious idea, but apparently this one works better […]

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Reference Question of the Week – 8/31/14

   Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in Library, Random, Reference Question | 1 Comment »

Earlier this week, a coworker at our circulation desk sent me this message: A patron came to the desk last night and asked where the last 6 months of Skeptical Inquirer were. He said they’re never there except the new one. Did we have a blip in circulation? It turns out that this is a […]

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Where The Good Stuff Lives

   Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 in Library, Resources | 5 Comments »

I just got back from an extra-long Labor Day weekend, which of course means my desk had accumulated a variety of items in my absence. Most are fairly routine to deal with, but a few – namely, donations from patrons – sometimes require special tactics. For regular donations (like books and DVDs), we either add […]

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Another Case of Dewey Being Overly-Sophisticated

   Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 in Books, Library, Service | 2 Comments »

I’ve pointed out things like this before, and they always amuse me. Last week, my director was looking for summer cooking books for a display and program she was doing. Of course, books about grilling were included in her search, and she was surprised – as was I when she pointed it out – that […]

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Reference Question of the Week – 8/17/14

   Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 in Library, Reference Question, Technology | Comments Off

You know that saying about teaching a man to fish? Well, in this case, it was more like just having to point out to him that he had a big plate of fish sitting right in front of him. A patron walked up and said this to me: Can you request a book for me? […]

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Leaving Location-Specific Messages Seems Like A Neat Idea

   Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 in Library, Technology | 1 Comment »

People probably get tired of me saying this, but in cases like this I feel like I need to apologize for not having a cell phone but talking about apps anyway. I read on LifeHacker last week about an app called Knit. It lets users tie a message to a specific location, so that when […]

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