Friday, September 21, 2012

LC Authority

The other day, my boss asked me and my coworker to stitch items for the silent auction she is helping organize for the expansion of her town library.  I am largely a knitter, and my friend is largely a crocheter, so she asked us to do pieces in our respective mediums.  Immediately, I jumped onto the stitchers' bible site, Ravelry, to see what a pattern search for "library" would yield me.  I was in luck: one of the first results was a gorgeous hat pattern based on the fountain outside the Library of Congress!  The hat knit up super quickly, and turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself:

Library of Congress Hat
in Caron Simply Soft Heather

The pattern comes from the book Capitol Knits by Tanis Gray (I love her name almost as much as I love my own!).  A copy can be acquired here (or of course located here!); the rest of the book looks just as good, although of course I'm partial to the LC pattern.

I plan to include an informational card detailing how the hat is based on the library fountain, and of course including the fiber content, and one of my awesome Sweet Potato Knits business cards (designed by my sister Bethany).  I hope it helps the library!  Even just a little bit.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


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Great library day for me today. I can’t even REMEMBER all the exciting things that happened. But here are some highlights:
  • I am thisclose to finishing the update on our mobile catalog site. I am trying to get the map function to work so that when you choose to map where a material is, you will see a highlighted area indicating the area where the item is located on the floor! It will be awesome. I just have to make a few tweaks, and then maybe next week we can go live! (I should point out that right now I am still just updating the mobile site to “match” the behavior of our mobile apps. All of the code for the mobile site & apps were written by the super awesome guy who came before me! I’m just scurrying to learn how he did everything.)
  • We discussed starting a “stitch ‘n’ bitch” of sorts with our boss, as my coworker crochets and I knit. We hope to begin a group on Thursdays from 1-2, when people could take a break from studying and maybe from finals stress (when that rolls around). Ideally we’d like to offer support but not necessarily classes – I think we’re both experts in our respective crafts, but we don’t want to spend all of our time teaching people how to do them. That would be a different sort of group, which perhaps we could discuss if enough people attended wanting lessons. Anyway – the point is that our director okayed the SNB (we’re going to think of a better name for it, and open it to ANY crafters), so we’re going to move ahead with it!
  • Some of us watched (the library maven) R. David Lankes’ talk on Transforming Libraries this afternoon. It was, as always, inspiring and invigorating! I always come away from his talks wanting to implement all of these great, new things. And now I’m dying to read his book, The Atlas of New Librarianship (I know it’s not new, I just hadn’t heard of it before now!).
  • Right after he finished, I brought up how he had mentioned one library which brought dogs in to visit students during stressful finals weeks! And a coworker is already pursuing it! I’m super excited – I asked to be notified if I could be involved or of help in ANY way. (Yay! Puppies!)
  • Oh, and this was also mentioned: I’d heard of other implementations of it before, but I hadn’t seen this website before.
  • And, a great marketing tool to keep in mind ( was also mentioned. (P.S. RUSA also offers a marketing class, for those who weren’t aware – like me!)
All right, now that I’ve jotted down all of these wonderful, exhilarating notes, it’s back to work on that mobile site! Have a wonderful day, everyone.