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This is just another update on life in the Shiny New Learning Centre. I finally, finally, finished cataloguing all the music scores. I’ve also catalogued a few boxes of education-related books, which have come across from another campus. They didn’t take too long because most of them were on our system already, so it was really just a matter of adding the items. I think we’re now getting into the busier season for acquisitions, so I’ll probably have more new ordered items to catalogue over the next few weeks and months, and I’m also still waiting for the theology books to arrive!

Outside of cataloguing, the shelving had quietened down over the Easter break period, but has now come back with a vengeance, as the students are not only back in great number, but also busy writing essays, and then handing them in, at which point we are overloaded with books. When all I seem to do is move books from place to place, I wonder whether it was worth doing a degree in library studies…I wonder this at other times, too, but particularly then. Hmm. Perhaps that’s one to save for another post.

On a more positive note, we had another meeting of the New Communications Technology Group this week, and managed to make some progress. I have foolishly volunteered to write the first draft of the social media strategy, so I’ve been working on that for the past few days. It has to go to the manager’s meeting next week, and then we shall see where we go from there.

On the institutional repository side of things, I have been being driven a bit mad by the delights of Library of Congress Classification/Subject Headings. (We use Library of Congress Classification when adding subjects to the metadata for items in the repository). Although I’m used to using Library of Congress Subject Headings when cataloguing, I’m not very familiar with the LoC classification scheme. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me at the moment, but perhaps it will grow on me as I use it a bit more. Why, I would like to know, are there whole separate sections on Military Science and Naval Science? It all seems rather America-centric, as well, not to mention a bit WASP-ish. Dewey is bad enough for this, but LoC seems even worse, and at least Dewey is logical. Anyway, it is all good for me, I’m sure.