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Update: 12-7-2012 – ¬†Term paper turned in; holidays can start now. ūüôā

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About one more week to go (Dec. 8 to be exact) until the end of my first library class (Lib200). ¬†That mean only one thing, time to work on my term paper. ¬†At least throughout the course we have been working on it by gathering references, creating an outline and evaluating the references. ¬† But now is the time to commit to “paper” the¬†assemblage¬†of all this working into a¬†coherent¬†final product. ¬†Phew. . . ¬†I am ready.

LOC Confusion

I feel humbled and a little stupid by the fact that I don’t know my way around the library that I have spent over sixteen years in. ¬† The other day I was trying to help a patron find a book on the 4th floor. ¬†The LOC call number started out as “QH 54”. ¬† Our 4th floor is a mess due to a restroom flood that happened during summer (more on that in the future). ¬†At least six shelves of books are completely bare and six more have the bottom two shelves removed. ¬†All the books went to a room on the 1st floor. ¬† Anyway, I looked with the patron for the book and all we could find were the “QH 542’s”. ¬†I thought maybe the “QH 54” were in the room with the removed books. ¬†I had a staff worker at circulation go with us and we looked in the room. ¬†Still we could not find it.

Turns out I was thinking incorrectly. ¬†I was thinking that the “54” was a not a numerical number but some sort of coded string. ¬†In other words, I did not think that “QH 54” would come before “QH 542” because I did not think of “54” as the number 54 and “542” as the number 542. ¬†Fail! ¬†We went back to 4th floor and the circulation staff worker found the correct shelf and book immediately. ¬† I really thought that an earlier book would have been labeled “QH 054”.

The lesson learned is that I have a lot to learn about classification and library science.  But hey, that is why I am enrolled in an LIS program.  Learning classification and MARC are definitely two concepts that I want to improve in.

My Librarian Sense is Tingling

A Facebook friend posted a status update, “Has anyone ever heard of germ transmission via books checked out from the library?” ¬†Before I would have taken a mental note and moved on but having started my MLIS classes, my “Librarian Sense” started to tingle. ¬†I had to comment. ¬†I did a quick search, yes in Google, and pulled up a couple scholarly references.

‚ÄúThe microbial flora on the surfaces of 15 books obtained from a public library and from 15 books obtained from a family household were studied. Staphylococcus epidermidis was recovered from 4 of the library books and 3 of the family household books. The number of organisms per page was between one to four. This data illustrates the safety of using library books, as they do not serve as a potential source of transmission of virulent bacteria.‚ÄĚ –http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7722550

And then relating this to something we all handle:

‚ÄúIn the United States, the cleanest dollars hosted just 20 bugs, which the researchers refer to as colony forming units, or CFUs; the dirtiest greenbacks hosted 25,000 ‚ÄĒ which translates to about 128 CFUs per square centimeter. One factor likely contributing to the huge spread: a bill‚Äôs age.‚ÄĚ –http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/67218/title/Dirty_money_1_Expect_germs

Another library staff member commented that the bacteria count on reusable grocery bags is also high.

Wash you hands and be safe!