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yes, Virginia…there is a Melvil Dewey (aka National Library Week 2018)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on April 10, 2018 by phanteana

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be sure the hand sanitizer is tightly capped. bring an extra cardigan to work just in case.


domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on June 13, 2016 by phanteana

ever go to the library, pick a book from the shelf, browse through the pages, but upon returning it you forget which shelf you got it from? misplaced items are quite a nuisance for patrons and staff alike. this is why cataloging and classification are essential; so we know where everything belongs. whether you work at a large public library or a small archive housed inside a major corporation, tracking down missing materials is just another part of the job description (even if it’s not listed in the write-up).

fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma: robots. at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has developed a shelf-scanning robotic arm to find all those missing books/DVD’s/CD’s/etc. the robot, known as AuRoSS, is able to determine which items are on the wrong shelves through laser-guided navigation. some information professionals program AuRoSS to cover the night shift after the human staff members have left, then instruct them how to get the books back in order when they come in the next morning. the robot will hopefully be a time-saver when it comes to hunting down misplaced records. to that, we will be able to say thank you very much, Mr. Roboto!


8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2016 by phanteana

cataloging, organizing, rearranging, inventory managing…regardless of whatever term is used to describe the process, it has to be done. it can be an overwhelming ordeal, or it can be a beneficial cleansing experience not only for library staff and patrons, but for personal home collections as well (because everyone has a ton of books/DVD’s/etc. that should be grouped together by genre or author, or they need a better way to keep track of any material lent out to family and friends). Book Riot provides its readers with 8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it). it’s a win-win situation for all!


do the Dewey

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on December 10, 2015 by phanteana

on this day in 1851, Melvil Dewey was born. he was the founder of the widely used Dewey Decimal Classification System, which is still implemented into many libraries despite the radical shift towards digitization. Mevil Dewey, thank you for your contribution to libraries everywhere!



(horr)organizational flow charts!

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on September 17, 2015 by phanteana

classification and sub-genres are common in the library system, not just with physical assets but with digital ones as well. a clever take on the organizational flow chart, featuring a variety of horror film styles, can be found on the AV Club site. among the 5 main categories (these include Monster and Psychological), there are an abundance of sub-categories (everything from Crime to Possession) with an array of titles (see an example below) neatly arranged for educational and entertainment purposes.

Psycho is considered more of a Suspense Thriller than a standard Horror film, but it would be filed under: Slasher, Madness & Paranoia, and Crime