Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Can I just take this?

I had a patron call about a needlepoint book she had out.  She wanted to know if she could just remove the patterns in the back of the book since the book was due back in a couple of days.

I had to politely tell her that no, she couldn't, but she could make copies of the pattern at the library.

She reworded the question, but it was the same thing: could she take the patterns from the book since she needed them?

I had to reaffirm what I said: no, she couldn't, but we did have copy machines here for her to make copies of the patterns.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kid Snippets: The Library

Freshwater Fish

10 year old girl: Do you have any books on freshwater fish?
Me: like a freshwater aquarium?

Her: Yeah!

Me: *smiles* I do!  *writes down numbers as I look them up*  So are you getting an aquarium then?
Her dad: Yep!  30-50 gallons!

Me: so no pirannah, I hope?"

Her:  Oh no!

Her dad: *laughs then tells her about an uncle that had a pirannah*

Me: Good luck with your aquarium!  *tells them where the books are*

Audio Engineering

Well, another question and another topic I knew nothing about!  A patron came in asking for a book about 'audio engineering'.  When I asked about it for a bit more information, he said it was about the music-creating process, which can including mixing music.

While my husband is a musician, he'd never mentioned audio engineering to me. 

So I looked it up on Google for a bit more information, and when I found a few more keywords, I was able to put a few books up in our catalog for my patron.

When he came out of the stacks, he had a couple of books in hand.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lightning Resistant

The question I got today was "is there some kind of lightning resistant coating that mountain climbers can use on their equipment?"

From my research, I found that no, there isn't one type of lightning resistant coating.  But there IS a paint that's lightning resistant.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Do you have...

Any resume or cover letter books for felons?  Because it's really hard to get a job, as I'm sure you know.

Well, I didn't find any specifically for felons, but I did tell him that several of the books we have to have sections on that.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Overdrive & the iPad

So you can get the Overdrive app with the iPad.  You (after making sure the wifi is turned on) go into the appstore, and just do a regular search for "Overdrive".

Once it's downloaded, authorize it through the settings (using an Adobe ID, which you can use on up to 5 devices).

From there, you add a library, and can go and check out books.

Really, it's no different than using the Overdrive app on an Android.  The big difference for me is the swiping motions and the back button.