Friday, April 27, 2018

Safety and Security in Your Library

Do you work alone at your library?
Do you work at night? 
Do you work with the public?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then there are times you are at risk when you are at work. 

But luckily there are steps you can take to make you and your workplace safer.

If you are a solo librarian, find a buddy in town that you can call when you need back up. Make it someone who can be there in seconds and put them on speed dial or listed 1st in your contacts.

If you work at night, always work with someone else. Close together, lock up together and leave the building together. Make sure your outdoor lighting is bright.

Keeping safe while working with the public is on a case by case basis. However, there are some good resources for you:

Albrecht, Steve. (2015) Library security : better communication, safer facilities. American Library Association. 9780838913307
Graham, Warren Davis. (2012) The black belt librarian : real-world safety & security. American Library Association. 9780838911372.
Khan, Miriam. (2008) The library security and safety guide to prevention, planning, and response. ALA Editions. 9780838909492
Mallery, Mary. (2015) Technology disaster response and recovery planning : a LITE guide. ALA
TechSource. 9780838913154.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Recycled Book Art

National Library Week is almost here and one of my favorite activities is cutting books apart.

Don't fret-these aren't just any books. They are usually books that are featured in our "Why We Weed" segments and so they really, really need to go (really!).

And then--craft time begins!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Series Review

I'm a fantasy book geek. I also love science fiction. I just can't get enough of either. But I also enjoy history, alternate history, Tolkein, dystopian literature and studying social roles. And now I have found a series that offers all this and more!

 I recommend the Emberverse series by S. M Stirling.

In 1998 all technology dies: electronics, automobiles, planes, and the flash point of gun powder, oil and alcohol. Basically the laws of physics change throwing the world back into the middle ages.
It's a prolific series that spans from 1998-2045 (maybe further, I haven't read them all). Many different societies emerge: knights, gaelic cairns, Tolkein inspired Rangers, military bases,  ranchers and so much more.

It's got everything: apocalypse, alternate history, dystopian societies, kings, witches, horses, Dunedain Rangers, sword fights, cannibals, archery, and sociology. Give it a try!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Why We Weed: BioHazard (Viewer discretion is advised)

Disclaimer: Not for the weak of stomach.

I do not have a photo of this. I will not apologize. It was too gross.
The other day I was working at a School Library, helping to add items to our consortia catalog, when I came across a very disgusting thing.
Nancy Drew (not the disgusting part)
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (still not the disgusting part)
--with a mysterious pinkish stain (getting warmer)
--that had chunks in it (HOT!)
--and a very distinctive smell. (TOO FAR!)

That's right. A book shelved among all the others, was covered in dried, pink vomit. 
And I touched it! 

That went in a plastic bag and in the trash. Some things cannot be saved.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FrankenToys, Part 2

 When you run a program every year you can always learn something new. FrankenToys (I've just done it for the 6th year in a row-I think) is no exception.

One year I learned to have them dismember the plushes full of beans over the trash can (that was a mess).

Another year I learned that yarn can make for some awesome oversized stitches for a truly Frankenstein-esque creation.

Last October it was all about the fluff.

For more on FrankenToys: click here to visit our earlier post.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

We're Back

It's probably no coincidence that September 14th was our last post. It was a big day for both of us-the BookGeek1 family welcomed our newest little BookGeekBaby.

That's right, we now have a little girl that we can raise with a healthy love of literature and libraries.

We are loving our Mom and Daughter matching panda socks.
From BookGeek2:
My apologies as well. While my changes are not as dramatic or life altering as becoming a parent, I have had some changes as well. I am growing into a new position at work as a Continuing Education and General Consultant. That means my posts are going to shift to a broader library spectrum than just IT.
Plus I gotta spoil BookGeekBaby. It's my job as honorary aunt!