Hitting the Books

You know when you’re playing video games or reading wikipedia and suddenly it’s 10pm on a worknight? This is basically what I did everyday with the weeded books. I went through the books that were already moved from the collection, put them in a list to record what exactly it is there, and to share easily with possibly interested parties. It’s been a long time since anyone has weeded this library- perhaps the first time ever! So there are a lot of books that need to go. How many?

Most of the weeded books are just irrelevant or really old, but some are quite cancelable.

Weeding is the process of removing books from a library. It’s got a bad representation, calling to mind for many book burnings, or censorship. But done correctly, it is a vital piece of any collection, physical or digital. Have you ever opened your mom’s notifications and scroll all the way down to delete it all? That’s what weeding is!

These are acceptable but need a more intensive cataloguing process.
Handbook of Turtles: The Turtles of US, Canada and Baja California is an example of a weeded book that is not necessarily problematic, but outside the scope of our colleciton.
Apparently the best method of photographing turtles for science was to balance the poor little guys on a glass cup. Honestly, much better then I expected from 1950's animal research.

I finished the bulk of weeding, although I still add titles hear and there. I am now cataloguing the collection. I search the NPS library system, copy records of the same books to our own catalogue, and edit the details to match our park. Because of this, I’ve become very familiar with the collections of other parks who have the same books as Effigy Mounds. It feels a bit like snooping, even though it is literally my job. Some parks with similar collections make sense, like the Southwest Archeological Center. Much of our collection, old and new, is comprised of archeological books an reports. But some shared collections confuse me. We share many books with Yellowstone. The weeded books contain many books on Yellowstone. Effigy Mounds is nowhere near Yellowstone.

A country so full of game: the story of wildlife in Iowa is only found in one other Park library.

I have finished with this form of cataloguing, now I am dealing with our slightly more obscure books. I look through libraries outside of the NPS system, most being found in the Library of Congress records. Hopefully I will be able to find most of these unique books without problem!

My coworkers have taken to calling my workplace the dungeon because I keep (accidentally) jumpscaring them from dark corners.
More weeded books!
Never know what you'll find in the depths of the library! (books old enough to shake my parents' hands and complain about commercially extinct bananas)

My poster presentation will be talking about libraries, information centers, and the importance of such to the National Park system. Many people, including employees, are unaware of the literary and academic resources at their fingertips!

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