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  • Vintage is the new old

    Because three co-workers and I celebrate a "palindrome birthday" this year, we decided to be thrilled about the milestone and splash out with a dessert buffet. Amid the crumbs and frosting, one colleague declared that none of us look our age. Our library staff is noted for the qualities demonstrated...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-08-2010
  • Who's in your Rolodex?

    My listening-while-driving highlight this morning was an NPR story about EMILY’s list. Now a mighty political action committee celebrating 25 years of success, it arose from commonplace record-keeping. It seems that a group of women assembled to share the contents of their Rolodexes. That little rally...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-30-2010
  • What would Ranganathan do?

    This week, two activities necessitated caution on my part. The first, easier one, stems from the fact that we're still applying RFID tags to nonfiction books. Some are weighty reference volumes; my goal is to avoid slinging them on and off the high shelves too quickly so they don't clonk one...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-23-2010
  • No trivial pursuits

    Reference librarianship is a green occupation. Work at the reference desk long enough, and you'll find a use for any scrap of trivia you have ever picked up. You even have opportunities to recycle; some questions present themselves repeatedly. Librarians note, too, that special nuggets of data that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2010
  • You can't take it with you

    After much debate, we finally did it. We interfiled. The library shelved reference and other nonfiction titles together, so you can locate all the volumes on your topic without traversing two different areas. Reference (non-circulating books) display purple stickers on their spines. Recognizing this...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-26-2010
  • Library style forecast

    Selecting fiction for the library reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada . True, there's no dragon-lady boss mistaking my desk for the coat closet (though I wouldn't mind being first in line for Meryl Streep's character's rejected designer bribes and handbag samples). My office space isn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-22-2010
  • Don't cry for me, Athelhampton

    I still own a copy of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure . I didn't burn mine--unlike a number of Victorian readers who vehemently disapproved of it back in 1896. Jude still incites controversy, as proven by today's Round Rock New Neighbors book discussion (at the La Frontera Barnes & Noble...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2010
  • Moonlight Graham Rocks!

    To borrow from "Casey at the Bat", the outlook wasn't brilliant for last week's adult book club. We all liked W. P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe- -not an ideal situation. Book group veterans will tell you that an occasional "hated it!" or "who chose this book anyway?"...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2010
  • Alice's adventures in Candy Land

    We can't ask Mr. Starbuck; he's a fictional character. But I suspect that other folks bearing popular brand surnames--the Heinzes, Bayers, Disneys, Wrigleys, Ferraris, etc.--would report favorably on that situation. It's not just the money. Sharing dynastic credit for entertaining, conveying...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2010
  • Lightning bolts and sirens and snakes: oh, my!

    Driving to work yesterday, I caught an NPR review of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. When a respected film critic disapproves as that one did, I can proceed in one of two ways: relegate the selection to "Netflix but not big screen" status--possibly even the dreaded "don't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-13-2010
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