Thursday, July 17, 2008

UPDATE "Murder in the Stacks" Located!

Just an update:

By using LibraryDirector tricks and methods (IOW, phone calls and e-mails! My Sonic Screwdriver was of no use in this case), I was able to find a copy of "Murder in the Stacks" at the University. They still had the copy in the Media Center where I worked for about a year, and through a friend I was able to get it for a staff training session this morning. Sheesh, this thing was harder to find than the "key to time".

I thought it went well, and most of my staff even laughed a couple of times -- in the right places!

(And, predictably, in one area "Holmes" states that oversized books need to be shelved SPINE DOWN to prevent the pages from pulling away from the binding. In every session I've attended where the video is presented, the same question gets asked that they asked:


Anyone have an answer for THAT one? I don't!)

Which led me to presenting my new Shelf-reading with 'Weed as you go' policy -- with everyone signing up for an area of responsiblity. THAT wasn't as well received, but it needs to be done.

How do you convince a reluctant staff to do what they should be doing anyway? Ah, that is the question, and I'm going to have to find the answer to that myself soon.

"The Director"

1 comment:

Kewl Librarian 2 said...

Personally, I would think shelf reading with a purpose to also weed better than just shelf reading. And while the budget may not be strong, take note of what is being pulled for future ordering. Or if no one misses it, maybe it doesn't need to be there. Also, given space constraints of many libraries, this will just free up space for when there is more budget.

Good luck!