Monthly Archives: October 2007

Virtual Arcade Games: Library Style

Quite recently, some good people at Carnegie Mellon have come up with two amusing virtual arcade games.  Okay, no harm there.  But the kicker?  They’re library games; one focused on shelving accuracy, and the other focused on helping patrons with reference questions.  Nerdy?  Yes.  Helpful with training green students?  Maybe.  I’m thinking of trying this out on some guinea pigs this semester.  We’ll see how challenging they find putting colored rectangles in LC order.

So what are you waiting for?  Try out Within Range and I’ll Get It! today.  It could be the start of a beautiful relationship.


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Thieves Have Field Day at Library of Congress

You could put it that way in the Washington Post article that outlines the disturbing statistics found: 13 percent of materials, or one sixth of the collection, is nowhere to be found at the Library of Congress.  I’d say that’s something to be concerned about.  Now that I’ve got a bit of an inside view at conducting a library inventory (the library I work at hadn’t been inventoried ever in anyone’s recent memory) and the horrors that show up (you mean there are books on the shelf that have never been cataloged??), maybe the LOC isn’t doing too bad.  I mean, who really reads all of those books anyway?  It’s not like you go there to do some “beach reading” and then grab a Cosmo for the metro ride home.  But, alas, I suppose it is important that the top library in the country have some sense of pride in its massive collection.  Hopefully the culprits didn’t have too much fun with those missing copies of Huckleberry Finn and The Street Lawyer. 

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