Top Organising Product

For National Organising Week 2020, APDO shared Professional Organisers’ ‘Top 10 Organising Products’, and, unsurprisingly, the No. 1 choice was “Boxes you already have”, and their blog post asserts, “the right organising product in the right place can make a big difference to storage, efficiency and aesthetics.”

Here’s a recent reuse of an existing storage vessel in a client’s home, which has worked well for them both practically and aesthetically:

Beginning Bibliography Begins

We were really happy to welcome participants to Beginning Bibliography, whose first unit materials went live yesterday.

With books stranded in my old office, my London Library membership really came into its own in preparing the course – first time using postal delivery. As usual, their service was superb.

I’ve also acquired some new old books, ordering online from various booksellers, who have similarly been quick and efficient in posting out. You can’t teach material culture without the materials, that’s for sure!

Cutting the Jargon: What’s a Cutter?

Shelfie of the Penzler ARC on an iPad and the first edition's spine

On our Instagram today we posted a little about a deaccessioned library copy of the murder mystery The Widening Stain, referencing how it was shelved and why it was classified as it was. This blog post unpacks some of the cataloguing jargon (“ALA Rules”; “Cutter”; “Book Number”) and points you towards sources for further information.

This post is written for beginning cataloguers, or those who want to know more about Library of Congress Classification and the old A.L.A. Rules.

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