Kia ora Bishopdale! Be part of The Christchurch Documentary Project. Photography students from the School of Fine Arts are taking pictures of the people and places of Bishopdale through to August with the goal of building an archive of documentary images of our city.
If you or your group would like to be photographed for this project, please contact the library on 941 7923 or at firstname.lastname@example.org (attached photo is by Janneth Gil, one of the photographers for Bishopdale 2017 who did brilliant work on Edge of the East. ) https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/bishopdale-2017-the-christchurch-documentary-project/ ^Donna
Simon has written a fascinating history of the Cashmere Sanatorium, where James K Baxter was once a porter. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-hill-of-hope-cashmere-sanatorium/^Donna
You might have a customer who put a hold on a title and is wondering where it is. On first glance there is no obvious reason why it hasn’t arrived. Here are a few things you can do.
Check the full bibliographic record. If a title has had its publication delayed, (which happens more than you might expect), we will add a line to the record saying publication delayed and when the item is now due. You will find this in the 500 field.
The other thing to do is using Symphony click at the top of the screen in ‘orders’ just to make sure that there is indeed an order attached – there should be, but occasionally the order may not be there so it is worth passing this information onto one of the selectors and we can check this out for the customer.
To find out how to contact us via email or phone, go to: Library Intranet/Manuals & guides/Content/Content contacts.
Example of a title with delayed publication information in the 500 field.
$a130513e201311uuxxua g $$$$$$$0$0 eng$d
$a9780847842131 (hbk.) :$c$125.00
$a0847842134 (hbk.) :$c$125.00
$aCodex seraphinianus XXXIII /$cLuigi Serafini.
$aNew York :$bRizzoli International Publications :$b[distributor] Marston Book Services Ltd :$b[distributor] Random House Australia :$b[distributor] David Bateman Ltd :$b[distributor] Simon & Schuster,$c2013.
Want to keep track of the items you have borrowed and discover just how much you are contributing to the circulation statistics? BiblioCommons makes this a breeze!
While the BiblioCommons Recently Returned feature has not been enabled for CCL, there is an easy workaround: you can add any items you have on loan to your Completed shelf by clicking on the purple plus sign to the right of the item in your Checked Out list.
Or, if even this is too laborious, you can simply rate the items in your Checked Out list. One click and the items are added to your Completed Shelf. Plus, you earn a Community Credit for each item you rate, so you can kill two birds with one stone, or as the vegetarian in me prefers, and as the Italians say it, “catch two birds with a fava bean”.
So what’s your number? Mine is a measly 27 items borrowed since February – can you better this?
If you have a favourite book, author or genre and would like something similar, you might want to ‘follow’ another BiblioCommons user who has similar tastes to you.
Click on the catalogue record of an item you like, for example Mister Pip and scroll down to Community Activity. Here you will see ‘Comments, Summaries, Quotes, Notices, Age, Videos’. Click on ‘Comments’, or any other heading that someone has added to, then click on a username to see other titles on that person’s ‘completed shelf’.
If you want to ‘follow’ another user, click on the green ‘+’ below the main red heading. You can choose to ‘follow’ everything, or just certain types of items.
If you choose to make items on your own shelves public, other people will be able to follow you also.
For more info on ‘following’, check the FAQ panel to the right of a user’s ‘completed shelf’ page.
One of the best and most innovative features of BiblioCommons is the way in which it increases the success rate of searches by bringing together LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and user tags.
The use of subject headings and tags has often been seen as an either/or situation, and there is undeniably tension between the “official” library-sanctioned terms which cataloguers use to describe books and the words which Joe and Jane Public may prefer. However both subject headings and tags have advantages and drawbacks. By aggregating the two, BiblioCommons offers users the best of both worlds.
The following articles outline some of the ways in which tags can increase the chances of users (and staff!) identifying resources which they may be interested in.
And if you are too rushed to read the articles (yes, the second one is a bit long!), here are my very condensed “Coles” notes:
Increasing numbers of people are comfortable with the concept of using tags – they are everywhere on the web (Facebook, YouTube, Flickr…)
Adding tags to the catalogue is an easy first step towards greater engagement and contribution by users to the library website
Tags can describe aspects of resources that LCSH ignore, such as tone and theme. They also reflect better the way we speak and can accommodate new trends (e.g. steampunk)
Cataloguers assign subject headings without having read the book in its entirety, whereas users usually tag items after they have read them.
Tags lack precision and structure however and can be very basic (e.g. a book on Rwanda’s civil war may simply be tagged as “non-fiction” and “Africa”.)
Many tags are of only personal interest (“yet to read”, “present”)
Cataloguers select subject headings that summarise the main subject of the item being catalogued, whereas readers’ tags may identify a very specific, and perhaps minor, aspect of the resource. (This of course is both a plus and a minus)
Items are on average assigned only 3-4 subject headings, but tags are usually far more numerous – hence by combining tags and LCSH catalogues are far richer in content.
Just a final point, if this has inspired you to go out and tag:
“User-generated content added to a title is immediately visible, but may take up to 20 minutes to be searchable, because it needs to be indexed. For example, a tag added to a title will appear on the title record immediately, but a search using that tag will not immediately return the title.”….more