Libraries Remember Day 2020 is on Friday, September 11, 2020: how to manage college library manually?
Friday, September 11, 2020 is Libraries Remember Day 2020. Libraries Remember Libraries Remember
An integrated library system (ILS) performs many functions.
Here's how it used to be done:
For cataloging and access to the collection, libraries used to have card catalogs. For each book you would have as many as a dozen 3 x 5 cards. You need: a main title card, an added title card for each alternate title, an author card for each author or editor, and a subject card for each subject you've assigned to the book. You'll file all of the author cards together, all of the title cards together, and all of the subject cards together. You'll also want a "shelf list", a file of cards arranged by call number.
For acquisitions, you'll need to keep paper records on ordered materials; estimated and actual costs; shipping lists; dates ordered, dates received, dates added to the collection.
For serials and standing orders, you'll need to keep records of when new issues or volumes are received, and when they are expected so that when an issue or volume is late you can contact the publisher or vendor to check on its status.
For circulation you'll need paper records of all of your patrons. You must know what patrons currently have checked out and whether the patrons have outstanding fines or fees. This used to be done with "checkout cards" that lived in pockets inside the book covers. You'd have patrons sign their names to the cards and keep all the "checkout cards" in files behind the circulation desk, arranged by date due. Each day you'd send out overdue notices based on this file.
There are functions performed by an ILS that cannot be done with a manual system. If a patron wants a list of all the books he has checked out, you give it to him. If a patron wants to renew everything he has checked out, he's out of luck. If a patron wants to search the library's collection, he can't do it from his dorm or from his office. A cataloger can't get bibliographic records from a bibliographic utility or from other libraries -- he'll have to type the cards or buy them.
Those are functions performed by the ILS. There are many other electronic tools that you'd have to get in paper, including cataloging rules and rule interpretations, subject headings and classification schedules.
I am a technical services librarian. I've worked with library systems, I've worked as a cataloger, and many years ago I helped maintain a card catalog. I can tell you from personal experience: if you're hoping to save money or time or headaches, buy the best ILS you can afford. Find any librarian who remembers working with card catalogs and he/she will tell you the same thing.
Anyone who tells you that you that a manual system is more efficient or less expensive than an ILS is either misinformed on not informed at all. Or insane. They could be insane.
I need help remembering the title of a children's book!?
Don't worry, you're not going crazy. I remember reading these books as a kid, too. They're about a girl, Jennifer "Cam" Jansen who is nicknamed so because she has a photographic memory that helps her to solve mysteries (if I'm remembering right, she looks at a scene, closes her eyes, says "click," and she remembers it all) with her best friend, Eric. I'm not sure about the "taking place in France" part but that might have been in one of the books; it's a long series.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds (1980)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO (1980)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (1981)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog (1981)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins (1982)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball (1982)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown (1983)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie (1984)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize (1984)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monkey House (1985)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper (1986)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54 (1989)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House (1992)
The Cam Jansen Fun Book (1992)
Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery (1993)
Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery (1995)
Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery (1996)
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery (1997)
Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery (1998)
Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery (1999)
Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery (2000)
Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery (2001)
Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery (2002)
Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery (2003)
Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery (2004)
Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery (2005)
Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery (2006)
Cam Jansen and the Mystery Writer Mystery (2007)
Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries (2007) - 3 stories
Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery (2008)
Cam Jansen and the Sports Day Mysteries (2009) - 3 stories
Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery (2010)
Cam Jansen and the Magicshow Mystery (2012)
Cam Jansen and the 500 DAYs in school Mystery (2012)
There is also the Young Cam Jansen series:
Young Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Chip ♥ Mystery / Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie (1996)
Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Count Mystery / Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game (1996)
Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth (1997)
Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery (1998)
Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery (1999)
Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery (2000)
Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery (2001)
Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery (2002)
Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery (2003)
Young Cam Jansen and the New Girl Mystery (2004)
Young Cam Jansen and the Substitute Teacher Mystery (2005)
Young Cam Jansen and the Spotted Cat Mystery (2006)
Young Cam Jansen and the Lion's Lunch Mystery (2007)
Young Cam Jansen and the Molly Shoe Mystery (2009)
Young Cam Jansen and the 100th Day of School Mystery (2009)
Hope this helps! :)
Do you remember anything when you were 5 yrs old?
Yes, I do. I remember my mother signing up for Kindergarten in the school's cafeteria. We toured the school with Mrs. Mumford and saw the library. After the tour, woman came and asked us if I wanted to be in an A.M or P.M class. My mother said P.M while I said A.M. Nobody heard because of my small voice. I remember getting my left pinky stuck in a soap cap. I was sitting on the toilet when I saw a soap cap. I put my pinky through the little hole and the stupid cap wouldn't come off! I flushed the toilet and washed my hands and the cap still wouldn't budge. I ran to my room and went under my blankets. My grandmother came down and ask what me what I was doing. I told her about the cap and then she ripped it off. After that, she toke me to the park. I sit in the little tube on the playground and this annoying girl came. She kept pestering me so I ran off to the ropes. My grandmother started singing a song about going in and out the windows. I went on to the ground and started to kick at it. There, I found a nickel. I remember my first day of Kindergarten. My mother and I were waiting for class to open. Class opened and my teacher told us where our cubbies and desks were. We got our first assignment, a coloring page, and I didn't know how to write my name so I begged my mom to write it for me. The kid next to me, Antony, said that he could write his name. I looked behind me and saw a girl named Dana clinging to her mom and crying. I finished my assignment and went to the back of the of the room where the picture books where. I sat in the blue chair and started reading when I was interrupted by a a boy named Dallin. He said hello and I was shocked. I asked him, "You know my name?!" He nodded and we went back to reading. I developed my first crush, which I regret. I also remember a girl with a strange purple cheek bump. I hated her because I once brought my mom to class and she lied on her lap. That day, I vowed to get revenge. I remember my birthday. My sister bought some friends of hers and they ate a lot of my jack-o-lantern cake. I remember my sister telling her about one of her friends named Mathew. I thought of Draco Malfoy. I chased Mathew around calling "Malfoy". Then, Antony, the annoying boy who I sat next to, started chasing hi around. I went away and then he followed me with his back hunched and his hands to his chest. He wore a sly smile and said, "What should I do next, Master?". I ignored him for the rest of the year. A kid named DJ Grimes sat across from me. Whenever someone said his name, a cartoon version of his head in a deep fryer popped into my mind. I remember wearing a shirt with a Pikachu on it and some of the other girls were making fun of me because of this. A kid named Garret Guymon defended me by saying that some girls like Pokemon. I remember my mom buying me gummy hamburger candy and Antony stole them. I also remember that my Kindergarten teacher would eat chocolate when the students went to recess. Her daughter, who was a black black in karate, chopped wood with her hand.