Weeding

 

Weeding

Weeding

I spent the majority of today assessing books. This consisted of looking at pulling every book off the shelf, in order, with a spreadsheet of borrowing statistics next to me, making the call to keep or cull. Some sections haven’t been assessed in a long time: some books are falling apart they have been so well used, others haven’t been touched (according to our statistics and the amount of dust) in over a decade.

The collection is made up of non-fiction teachers resources, for trainee teachers to take on placement or use for planning classes (not for research purposes).

I was removing almost half of the books, some of the New Zealand content is heading to storage but the majority is being offered to students (it’s amazing how no one will want to borrow a book in 20 years but as soon as it’s being given away “for keeps” it becomes desirable) or being recycled. It seems like a huge waste, but to be honest I would remove more if I wasn’t worried there would be nothing left on the shelf!

My takeaway from today is how important a book titles are. A book that describes itself accurately is a book well-used. Clever titles, no matter how good the content, don’t get found. Obviously people judge books by their covers, but well before that, they find a book in the catalogue if it matches their search terms.

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Product placement

Had a sick day yesterday and had no brain and nothing worth saying so skipped my #blogjune post for the day.

Busy day back at work today so I thought I’d do a little product placement in lieu of a worthwhile post.

1. Garage project: Mecha Hop

I had this wonderful kiwi beer on the weekend. Garage Project do novelty craft beers, but they do them extremely well.

Garage Project: Mecha Hop

Garage Project: Mecha Hop

The label reads:

Brewed better than nature to battle it out at GABS 2014 (Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular), Mecha Hop – 100% Industrial Process Ale. Using only the finest vacuum evaporated pure dry malt extract and Warrior, Amarillo and Simcoe liquid CO2 hop extracts, this beast of a beer weighs in at 10% abv and over 100 IBU (bitterness). Guaranteed no raw, unprocessed ingredients – the modernist dream at its unheeding and arrogant best. The bold new world of Garage Project – welcome to the future. What could possibly go wrong?

I was not convinced by the label. But N was, so we bought it and I am glad we did. 4.5/5

 2. Hakanoa hand-made ginger syrup

Hakanoa ginger syrup

Hakanoa ginger syrup

I found this while I was organising the pantry on the weekend, just in time to get sick! It is intensely gingery. Mixed with lime or lemon and hot water it feels like drinking liquid ginger and it can feel it making me better with every sip. It’s made in Auckland and as it was a present I have no idea where you can buy it, but I’ll be working that out when I get through the bottle (which won’t take long!).

3. Garage Project: Umami Monster

As you can see, this is unopened but I’m excited to try it this weekend. It has NZ kelp, Japanese fermented bonito, smoked malt and seawater. Reading these ingredients from any other brewery would put me off completely, but if anyone can pull it off its Garage Project. I’ll report back when I try it!

Garage Project: Umami Monster

Garage Project: Umami Monster

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H+ : The digital divide

Feeling crap so I’m in bed at 7pm watching H+ on my iPad. H+: The digital divide is a science fiction YouTube mini-series set in a future where humans have implants to be online all the time, until a devastating virus hits.

I’d heard about it a while ago, it started in 2012. I’m not far through but definitely recommend it so far. It also suits the short attention span that I have right now.

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Assessing my pantry

 

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N is sick and I’m resisting getting sick (hopefully successfully. As a result today was a lazy Sunday at home.

I attempted to bake cookies and ended up with N coming in and saving them after I managed to curdle the mixture (this is why I don’t bake – I followed the recipe!). The end result (vegan macadamia and hazelnut cookies) were delicious at least.

Achievement for the day was cleaning and organising the pantry.  Now it’s clean and tidy and I found some tasty treats I’d forgotten we had!

Not sure why I chose to tackle this task when I know I have a full week of assessing collections ahead of me. Let’s hope the library shelves are looking as clean and inviting as my pantry does by the end of the week!

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Saturday without guilt: In list format

Today was spectacularly relaxing and pleasant:

Banana and coconut cake

Banana and coconut cake

  • Slept in.
  • Drank coffee and lounged around in the sun reading and talking and eating cake.
  • Took the dog for a walk in the sunshine.
  • Bought some new yarn and some delicious beer.
  • Went to an art exhibition.
  • Ate banh mi and pho for lunch.
  • Came home a did some gardening
  • Harvested two kumara (total crop from two kumara that we planted after they were forgotten in a cupboard a few months ago. Not a great return on investment but better than throwing them away!).

Now I plan to have a relaxing sayer day night at home eating cheese and nice beer for dinner because I’m an adult and I can.

The best thing about today is that I didn’t feel guilty about not doing homework because I didn’t have homework to do!

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To do list: 15 things I want to do

1. Do more exercise
2. Send overdue presents to friends with not so tiny babies anymore
3. Buy yarn
4. Knit. Finish knitting promised presents. Knit myself something.
5. Read for pleasure
6. Hang up paintings around the house
7. Do some serious decluttering around the house
8. Go shoe shopping (one of my most hated tasks)
9. Go op shopping for work clothes
10. Paint the interior doors (have been living with hideous metallic paint doors for 1.5 years!)
11. Cook more
12. Get bike serviced. Start doing some proper riding again
13. LIANZA professional registration
14. Get my drivers licence (embarrassing yes)
15. Relax.

Alright, it’s now the weekend and I am going out for a nice dinner with N’s sister and partner. I guess that one fits under number 15! The others I might get started on tomorrow…

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Beer club and reference desks

June Beer Club

June Beer Club

 

Last night I went to Beer Club. Held once a month at a local bar called Wonderhorse.
$15 buys you six (generous) samples and substantial snacks (last night the snack was two delicious mini burgers).
This month there was some particularly delicious beer, wintery stouts and barley wines – my kind of beer!

 

Panhead Black Sabbath

Panhead Black Sabbath

My favourite beer of the night was a very dangerous 11% oak aged black rye and barley wine from Panhead. Panhead are a relatively new brewery (founded in 2012) based in Wellington, and so far I’m yet to try a beer of theirs I don’t like.

 

I really enjoy craft beer, I enjoy tasting new things and chatting about it with friends. Beer club is very casual, the crown is made up of everyone from people who own breweries through to total newcomers to the craft beer scene. It’s relaxed, fun and very good value for money!

While I was at beer club I was chatting to guy who mentioned he is in his first year studying at the Uni where I work and that he had really struggled with research and was too scared to come and ask for help. I explained we just sit on the reference desk waiting for people to come and research questions, but he was certain his questions were too simple and unworthy of our time.

It terrifies me to think how many students are just like him. We do have one of those monolithic desks that I’m sure adds to the intimidation factor. Like most libraries who haven’t already changed service models, we are thinking about it. I think it is a good idea to change, I’m worried that some of the alternatives are just as bad for our users – in different ways.  Although I’m not your average user, I assume our users feel as I do in that – I don’t want to be accosted as I walk in the door of a library or when I am happily browsing the shelves. But I do want to be able to easily locate and attract attention as soon as I want it. Moving away from traditional desk service requires very attentive, well-trained confident staff.

 

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