This is THE Holiday Sale.
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM to 4 PM
There will be many gift-worthy items. All items are individually priced.
Saturday only, in the Southwest Room at the Main Library, first floor.
We hope to see you there!
The next thing to happen will be that the processing of the holds you place will be interactive: you will immediately see the holds on your record (instead of your having to wonder: did I do it? where did it go?) Of course the process will still require a lot of human intervention, but the first step will be automatic. Behind the scenes there will be a number of other changes in the holds procedures; if you notice anything unusual, please find a librarian and let us know. This is one of our most popular services: we have filled about 25,000 holds so far this year. That's a lot of transactions to change procedures on.
Following that, spell-check will be coming to your keyword searches. If you enter for example 'medevil history', it will ask you "Did you mean 'medieval history'"?, and also let you choose other possibillities from a pulldown list. Try it at Cedarville University or Westerville Public Library, who are running the same catalog software we have.
Sherry will have two more programs in this series, Handmade Gifts on Wednesday, December 6th; and Holiday Ornaments on Wednesday, December 13th. Also at La Farge, 3:30-4:30 PM, for children 8-12.
"FOUR PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27TH
(SANTA FE, NM)—Next week if air quality, weather, and fuel conditions are favorable, Fire Managers on the Santa Fe National Forest will treat four hazardous fuels areas with prescribed fire.
For daily progress reports regarding ongoing prescribed burns on the Santa Fe National Forest, please call toll-free: 1-877-971-FIRE (3473)."
There's the usual array of seductive things: in nonfiction, a wonderful book about David Hockney, David Hockney: Portraits: and Robert Creeley's last works, taken from the notebook he was working in when he died in 2005, On earth : last poems and an essay ; a well-reviewed biography of William James ; and 600 or so others. In fiction, the good stuff includes Isabel Allende's new novel, Inés of my Soul, which we have ordered in English, large print, audio, and in Spanish ; a new book by Dana Stabenow in the Kate Shugak series ; and Jim Harrrison's new novel, Returning to Earth. New media materials, new Southwest materials, etc.
We've also tinkered with the media lists, which are always available from the catalog's opening page. The links for DVDs, Books on CD, and Music on CD are now simply catalog searches, and therefore always up to date. Click any time and the catalog will show you--50 at a time--the entire list, including what may have been ordered this morning :-) . These searches are presently limited to exclude the media materials which have been ordered for Southside, since you can't get at them until maybe Valentine's Day. The videos and the books on tape need to have their call number schemes made consistent before a simple search will work, so those are still specially processed data outputs, which are updated only about once a month.
If you log in to your record before you search, you can use the same trick of constructing your own detailed searches, and then save the search as a preferred search (the button will be there when you need it); if you have your search sorted to put the new materials on top and run it every now and again, it will be easy to see if anything new has appeared. Interested in materials "with the subject headings 'climatic change' or 'global warming', no children's materials, published since 2003, sort with most recent on top"? Log in, construct a search, such as the example just described, then save as a preferred search. Run it tomorrow. Run it next month.
One of our readers sent us links to a couple of book-related sites, JGodsey's wonderful new Literary Stamps blog, and a page about the Voynich Manuscript, "The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World." Other readers sent us links to Bill McKibben's review of five recent books about climate change: "How Close to Catastrophe," at New York Review of Books; and to an article at a search engine optimization site about Looking for a Library on Google Local. It works pretty well if you look us up in Santa Fe (go to maps.google.com, click on "find businesses", put in 'library' & 'Santa Fe') — we come up right on top. Would presumably work for most places.
More: There's a new children's book award, the Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Award. Why not? The Litblog Co-op does it. (And does anyone understand why it's nearly impossible to make google find 'Litblog Co-op'?) The librarians on the Public Libraries email list pointed out a terrific College Rankings page from UIUC that pulls together links to current rankings pages; and a couple of non-mainstream lyrics search sites, Mudcat Cafe and at ingeb.org.
The image is from the Cassini spacecraft, a picture of Saturn's moon Pan, which circles Saturn within the rings and keeps the Encke gap open by gravitationally sweeping the ring particles out of its way..
In general we have been very lucky at Santa Fe Public Library. The occasional irate patron is the most we usually have to deal with.
Another posting on the ALA news site pointed out a story from across the border to the north: Canadian academic institutions offering their scholars the Refworks service are moving scholars' bibliographies and research data from Refworks' own server to a Canadian server instead, where the US government wouldn't be able to use the Patriot Act to examine the scholars' research. If the original news story from the Toronto Globe and Mail has moved to archive and now requires you to have a login (it will at some point), you can get the gist from the University of Alberta's library news, and other sources (1) , (2).
P.S. Reminder: We are closed both today and tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving Day. See you on Saturday and Sunday, as usual...
It gets more illuminating further down the list, looking at some of the books with only a few people waiting:
We wasted a noticable amount of time trying to figure out what IS that diacritic in Icelandic author Arnuldur Indriðason's name (Indridason, in case your browser can't handle an eth; authority for reproducing it as a "d" comes from the Reykjavik City Library's page about him...)
In case you are wondering why we have a two-day holiday: State and City workers take the Presidents' Day holiday the day after Thanksgiving.
This calls to mind a discussion which ran a few months ago on the Public Libraries email list, about what graphic novels librarians know about which simply are really good books, really good reads, regardless of the less familiar format. The suggestions began with the grandfather of the genre, Art Spiegelman's Maus, and included also Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis, Alison Bechdel, Fun Home; Craig Thompson, Blankets; Brian Fies, Mom's Cancer; and Harvey Pekar, The Quitter.
We are ordering both Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I: The Pox Party and American Born Chinese for the Young Adult collection; continue to order more graphic titles for all ages including the more manga-influenced segment of the genre (and with particular emphasis on a good opening day collection for children and young adults at Southside); and meanwhile continue to pursue other graphic novels that are good reads for grownups as we learn about them.
The first several of these job postings for Southside Library are up on the City's Human Resources Department website. It is time to begin keeping your eye on their Job Opportunities page. More positions will be posted.
The Architect's Field Report for November 13th includes the following (some of it familiar, some of it new): "Drywall, taping, and texture. Operable units are being transported and installed. Bathroom tile is being set and grouted. 95% of the tile has been grouted. The boiler room is complete with the exception of the dampers. Colored concrete and other exterior flatwork are being poured. Metal roofing is being installed and trimmed out. HVAC controls are being installed and adjusted. Cisterns have been placed with the exception of Cistern A, which is temporarily in the Children’s Courtyard until the stucco wallis finished. Artwork fascia panels have been installed. Carpet tile is being installed in the main stacks area."
(That's children's librarian Gail Schuler with the pirates.)
Saturday, November 18, 10AM--4PM. Hardcover $1.00 ; Movie Videos $1.00 ; Paperbacks $.50 or 3/$1.00 ; Records & Children's Books, $.25 ; Cassettes, Videos & CD's $.50. Sunday, November 19, 1:00--4:00PM, Bag Day - $2.50/bag.
Also keep in mind the special Holiday Sale. ONE DAY ONLY. Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. in the Southwest Room of the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue. We have many special books to offer. Come Early and Don't Miss It!
P. S. The Friends' sales yield tens of thousands of every year for the libraries. Thanks to the Friends, and thanks to all of you who donate books!
For tomorrow's program, Wednesday, November 15, Sherry will teach Miniature Bookmaking. Wednesday, November 29, Illuminated Manuscript Cards. December 6th, Handmade Gifts. December 13th, Holiday Ornaments.
Call 955-4863 to register for these programs (so we know how many people we need to provide supplies for).
For the more serious-minded, the web this week offered up NASA's press release about the storm at Saturn's south pole, which includes lots of narrative, various views, and a small video.
The artwork fascia panels were indeed installed. The photo below was taken on Monday the 6th. These are the panels that we saw a picture of while they were still in the shop. They are now installed on the south face of the bulding, above the windows in the magazine reading area. A full run of construction photos is always available from the Progress page.
Yes. Some time in the next few days, two new features will arrive in the catalog. Keyword searches will sort themselves in order of relevance, rather than by date. Here is a good explanation of how the system calculates relevance, from the catalog at Bowling Green State University (who uses the same software we have). Search for 'wild horses' at BGSU, and it will give you first 23 Most Relevant titles, then 2 Highly Relevant titles, and so on. Much better. Watch for the little graphics indicating the relevance rankings:
At the same time, the catalog will start giving us 50 results per page, instead of the present 12. This will be true for all searches, not just for keyword. Many fewer clicks to work your way through all of Marc Simmons's books (50 titles), for example, or everything with the subject heading 'Indians of North America' (948 titles). Watch for the changes, and let us know if you see any strange consequences we didn't anticipate.
Science is not giving free access from the website (as they sometimes do with hot stories). But if you want to read it at the source, the principal author, Boris Worm, has posted the article on his website. The various news stories and editorials are a lot easier to read... or just look at a graphic, which may tell you much of the story as you can stand to think about.
The same article mentions that Santa Fe at that time had a population of 11,000; a 17,000 volume collection; and a circulation of 52,000. That hardworking little collection circulated really fast, more than three times a year for each item. For purposes of comparison: our population in 2005 was 70,063; the size of the collection, 247,829; and circulation that year was 453,330. So the collection today is a lot larger in proportion to the population; and today's population checks out more items per person per year...
The Hubble images below are featured on the Hubble News Release Archive Page for 2006. It's such a relief that this wildly successful astronomical instrument is going to be given a longer working life, producing more pure knowledge and more images like the ones below, or the Antennae Galaxies picture NASA featured earlier this week (click for a really big one). The library also has a good many books about the HST, most of them stuffed with beautiful images.