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This is really interesting as, having only worked ...

2015-02-12T12:49:31.617+00:00

This is really interesting as, having only worked in professional services firms, this is pretty much my experience and I've not noticed chaos yet.

The users either check out books or ask us to do so. They keep them as long as they like. If someone needs it in the interim, we ask for it back. No fines, often no due dates, no security barriers. It seems to work if the users are a sufficiently defined group e.g. students at college X, employees of firm Y.



We do a lot of active not-noticing of food and dri...

2015-02-11T08:01:20.455+00:00

We do a lot of active not-noticing of food and drink, which seems to work. No cataloging rules, though - that's the kind of world Louis Armstrong was singing about...



Oh, of course - I'm not actually advocating ge...

2015-02-11T08:00:04.574+00:00

Oh, of course - I'm not actually advocating getting rid of them altogether. So much of it is in communication and just occasionally challenging 'historical' rules to see if they still apply. The tea and coffee thing in many libraries is a case in point - at one stage it would've been a horrific notion to permit it, and now many libraries actively encourage it... which is why I want a tea trolley here. TEA TROLLEY.



I've known a few cases where rules were relaxe...

2015-02-09T13:22:41.676+00:00

I've known a few cases where rules were relaxed (e.g. food in the library, bags in the library) or unpoliced (college library with no security) and the world didn't end, and in some cases improved (in the case of the food where the rules themselves caused the problems as it encouraged concealment). Stilll lots of rules in place though.

My first thought though was "What if there were no cataloguing rules?"



Interesting post. Since I moved to a customer serv...

2015-02-08T17:02:56.460+00:00

Interesting post. Since I moved to a customer service role I've been thinking about rules a lot (as I'm usually the one enforcing them). I'll admit that sometimes I bend them as I've never been a fan of having rules for rules sake and I'm working on 'updating' a few.

There are other times when they do need to be there. A case in point for us would be the rule about not taking large bags into the library. I can understand why this frustrates users but it's there for a reason. We have a much stronger emphasis on protecting the material since we are a legal deposit library and it's all too easy to hide things in large bags. In the event of a fire evacuation we can't be checking bags as people leave, it gets bad enough doing this at closing time on a Saturday! At the same time we have more relaxed rules about what you can take in than somewhere like the British Library and users are getting to use the same level of resource. What I'm basically trying to say is that sometimes we need to get better at explaining why rules are there - for protection, because of legitimate regulations or whatever it may be.

I really like your last point about shared spaces and how not everyone shares the same ideas of good behavior. This is something that I'm giving a lot of thought to in my current role. I may not be there for long but I'm going to try and make what I can better whilst I'm there!




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Tell us more!

2013-07-17T14:30:57.748+01:00

Tell us more!



Great - looking forward to reading more.

2013-07-14T20:13:36.929+01:00

Great - looking forward to reading more.



Love this - I am also embroiled in just such a pro...

2013-05-07T22:09:34.528+01:00

Love this - I am also embroiled in just such a project. In my case, it's from in-house to Library of Congress. Our building also has Law classified in Moys - the Dewey version - but in my own corner of it (basically an area studies collection) I have steadfastly refused to contemplate this. It's only a few law books, so I'm sure we can cope with a few LC oddities, even if it won't please the law purists. The logistics are a nightmare - and who knew that so many books simply get renewed all year so you can never actually do them at all? I also am finding that I'm doing a lot of catalogue correction. I look at other libraries' catalogues in the hope of cheating, and sometimes find as many as four different places - not just minor differences but completely different sections - for the same item. Glad to know I am not alone!



You have such a knack of saying what we're all...

2013-03-08T15:48:15.770+00:00

You have such a knack of saying what we're all thinking, but in a braver, funnier and more articulate way!



Hi Helen and all Just found this great blog - vi...

2012-11-13T22:05:17.932+00:00

Hi Helen and all

Just found this great blog - via a moodle reccomendation, I love your comment -

'One of the very greatest things about Aber is that you set your own pace, you fix your own deadlines. Equally, one of the very worst things about Aber is that you set your own pace, you fix your own deadlines.'

This is so true and very interesting - and your tips on how to make best use of it are great. The other day I was listening to Dionne Warwick on 'Woman's Hour' in UK and was struck when she said that when she was working with the perfectionist Burt Bacharach, even if they did 23 takes, it was always the 3rd take that they used for album. So if you are on the perfectionist end of things, try sending in the third draft.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010612y

Marianne



Ah Helen, if only you'd written this before we...

2012-11-13T14:04:53.220+00:00

Ah Helen, if only you'd written this before we went to dissertation school!
Brilliant, I loved reading these, you could have written them especially for me!



There used to a be a support group - meeting up fr...

2012-11-12T17:31:18.724+00:00

There used to a be a support group - meeting up from time to time at a pub in Cambridge. Not sure that it has met up for a while though http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/libraries/aber.htm



My downfall was always taking the time off after I...

2012-11-12T17:24:44.313+00:00

My downfall was always taking the time off after I'd finished a module... somehow I just couldn't get going till I found out the results of it. However by then I'd lost the momentum and it took ages to get back into it. Never did find the answer to that one ;)



I think that one of the major faults that I found ...

2012-11-02T14:04:57.795+00:00

I think that one of the major faults that I found with the assignments at Aber was that some of them just weren't clear. When I asked for clarification from tutors I was basically told that "it makes sense to me". Well of course it does, you wrote it and know what you're asking for!

It would be better if there were clearer guidelines and notice was taken of feedback. If a high number of students are having a problem understanding what is required then something needs to be done. I know it would have helped me enormously to just have it explained in different wording sometimes, rather than basically being told that it was my fault for not understanding.

Having said that, it does depend on the marker of the assignment - some couldn't have been more helpful!



I was one of the people who found tha blancmange c...

2012-11-02T13:59:54.549+00:00

I was one of the people who found tha blancmange comment REALLY helpful!



Well said :) The only way I kept going was by sett...

2012-11-01T17:44:12.848+00:00

Well said :)
The only way I kept going was by setting myself targets - keeping up with the group I started with helped with this too - we were all aiming for the same study schools/graduation dates etc.
Also if an assignment (I'm particularly thinking of one where we had to produce a powerpoint and a written report) seems simple, it probably is. I fretted for ages with that - thinking it had to be more involved than it was, but couldn't see how to do much more than I did. The mark I got was reasonable, so it was obviously enough.



Our infamous second module had an assignment so ve...

2012-11-01T12:14:11.055+00:00

Our infamous second module had an assignment so verbose and abstract that I resorted to explaining it through an analogy with blancmange (you work in a kitchen that makes blancmange... etc.). This was mentioned to me as extremely helpful by people who saw my post but who I had previously never met, which is worrying!




2012-11-01T11:42:25.292+00:00

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Thanks Claire :) The dissertation's a differen...

2012-10-31T20:05:08.174+00:00

Thanks Claire :) The dissertation's a different kettle of fish than the assignments, I'd say, so don't be too hard on yourself. And you're right that the distance doesn't help--I think it makes you realise just how motivating it was, as undergraduates, to be working towards deadlines surrounded by other people working towards the same ones...



Yes! You're completely right. In fact, so much...

2012-10-31T20:03:28.676+00:00

Yes! You're completely right. In fact, so much of most jobs involves working towards self-imposed deadlines, rather than externally-imposed ones. It's basically just good time management--actually, in this respect, the course at Aber provides proof of that skill which, I hope(!), would make us all pretty employable!



You're absolutely right. The flexibility is lo...

2012-10-31T20:01:16.664+00:00

You're absolutely right. The flexibility is lovely when you need it, and a nightmare when you don't. I think it's a useful skill to have and practice though, even if convincing yourself of something that isn't strictly true might seem a bit like brainwashing...



Thank you :)

2012-10-31T19:59:34.472+00:00

Thank you :)



Thanks for your comment--to be honest, I think thi...

2012-10-31T19:58:52.246+00:00

Thanks for your comment--to be honest, I think this feeling's universal if you're ever studying in a situation where studying isn't the 'main focus' of your day. So I wouldn't be too hard on yourself, especially with all the jobs, but I hope it gets easier soon :)



Uh oh, I hope we've not made you worry about P...

2012-10-31T19:56:50.560+00:00

Uh oh, I hope we've not made you worry about P4D--if it helps, I don't think it's actually killed anyone yet. Time out between modules is a good idea. I wanted to finish as quickly as possible so did them all back-to-back but I guess it makes you feel fresh about each new module. Good luck, though--I'm sure you'll be fine--and if you're struggling, maybe have the wine time before the study time... ;)