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Introducing Intergenerational Library Shelving

   Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 in Library, Random | 14 Comments »

My library has implemented a few alternatives to Dewey shelving in the past, but we’re rolling out something this week that I’m really excited about – we’re calling it Intergenerational Shelving. The idea originated when we noticed the difficulties some families had in using the library. Parents would bring their kids in, often of various […]


Reference Question of the Week – 3/22/15

   Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Library, Random, Reference Question | 5 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 | Comments Off

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 | 2 Comments »

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 […]