Today (now yesterday, forgot to finish the post!) I did weeding. Not the garden type (NEVER the garden type!) but the books on the library shelves type. We’ve been at this for a couple of weeks now, since we decided to move some things around, which necessitated some extra shelf space. We’ve got a pretty good collection, and since I’ve been there we’ve already culled a major portion of the (very old and ugly) non-fiction (just prior to our big reno) and I’ve also reduced the fusty old fiction to a minimum too. I’m fairly lucky to have a reasonable amount to spend each year on new books (plus I donate a fair amount, thanks to the judging and reviewing gigs I have), but over time we have put a significant dint in the amount of books on the shelves. After all, the collection has been built up (ahem, and apparently never weeded!) over 20 years – replacing old crap with newer, more relevant books takes time, and to be honest, there really was too many books on the shelves.
This might sound odd, but as soon as we weed, or move the collection around to get more space on the shelves, the books get used more. Overfull shelves are intimidating to kids, and it makes it difficult to find the good books among the crud, so shelf space and removing old books is essential. Not always easy though, particularly when you know a section is well used and you either can’t afford to replace for new, or can’t actually source any decent new books to take their place. We’re working through it though.
One thing I will note: I daresay it’s a lot easier for me to weed this collection, which I’ve only been working with for four years, than it would be for those librarians in the same position for a decade or more – chucking out books you remember buying would be a lot harder!
Been so busy forgot to do the weekly baby update! Had a week of not enough sleep. Ever since Wednesday morning, the baby decided that wakeup time was 4am! I think it’s hubby’s fault, as he comes home and will get up at about then as a matter of habit, traipse about for a bit, then go back to bed – unfortunately, neither bub nor me goes back to sleep so easily! We had four or five nights of that, but he seems right again now. Bubba is getting pretty darn strong – sitting up beautifully with me just holding his hips, starting to wiggle back and forth on the floor when he’s down and pushing up in the starting of the roll-over thing. He’s also started having some solids – smooshy nanas and some jar food mostly (not big on the rice cereal). Taking it pretty slow, but he’s starting to get the hang of it now. Forgot how time consuming feeding a baby with a spoon can be!
In other news, headed up to Perth to collect the dyeline for Worlds Next Door on Friday – it had been there since MONDAY but had a very minor address inconsistency and they didn’t bother to contact me with the phone number supplied to sort the error out. I rang THEM when the printer emailed me to find out why I hadn’t got back to them to approve the proof! Grrr. Anyway, that’s all gone to print proper now!
We also went to Dora "Live" on Wednesday – took Miss Four and her best mate and her best mate’s mum (after I took Missy to National Simultaneous Storytime at the library). Kiddies had a ball – was noisy and colourful and fun. I was tired 🙂 Hubby and I then went out for a "date" to Gold Class to see Robin Hood which we both enjoyed. I could have done with it to be longer – actually, a tv season I think! Needed more character development and interaction. And women! We had Miss Four’s best mate for the day on Thursday which was nice – they played very well together – and it was the last ballet practice before the big day on Monday next week. Master Seven has been doing really well at school – got an honour certificate AND his 50 house points certificate last week, and he has a big choir performance (which I am not permitted to attend because they are recording it and don’t want babies or toddlers there!) tomorrow – will look forward to the DVD I guess.
On Monday this week I went to my first ASLA meeting (partly in person, partly teleconference) – went for AGES and was a bit controversial, but what fun are meetings without the drama?! The outcome of that is two MORE local meetings next week. Could be interesting. And that reminds me I have work to do for that role! And a bazillion other things to do. Better get on that 🙂
I just had the best fun day! Warning, library AND SF geekery ahead!
The lovely Grant Stone had given me some suggestions to look through for reprints for Australis Imaginarium, and he told me that the Murdoch Library Special Collections housed many of them. I rolled up to the uni today with baby in tow, and the extraordinarily nice and understanding librarians very generously gave me unaccompanied and unrestricted access to the basement! I spent three hours browsing compactuses, um, compactii, er, the big moving shelvey things that were PACKED with old spec fic "stuff"! Not just Aussie stuff, although there’s an astonishing amount of everything there (the oldest Aussie things I found were from the 1950s – publications that talked about the second and third EVER Australian conventions – with attendances of 80 and 135 ish respectively!).
I didn’t have a lot of luck finding anything suitable for Australis Imaginarium (send me your suggestions if you have them – don’t be shy!), although a couple of possibilities presented themselves, and I did come across a few leads to follow up. This is probably because most of the publications focussed strongly on science fiction, and I’m looking at primarily non-science fiction due to the themes I think. VERY few women in those early publications too, although I came across two stories by Norma Hemming.
I found this experience just fascinating, and will hopefully go back for another look soon.
Oh, and if anyone out there has a copy of Aurealis #2 they’d be willing to scan a story from for me, I’d be most grateful – that’s the ONLY issue missing from Murdoch’s journal collection!
…I’m really tired. I think the sleep monster is around, stealing sleep. I’ve been going to bed too late (there’s a lot going on that has been time sensitive) but sometimes for stupid reasons. Like Monday night, I was sorting presents and ironing . I got a late start on it (due to myriad other things) and Bones finished before I had. So I put on St Trinians to watch (early b’day present for self!) thanks to a rec from cassiphone (shakes fist). A number I times I remember thinking, I could stop this, it’s a DVD, and go to bed… But it was 1am before the movie ended 🙂
Last night was school awards night, so didn’t get to bed til after midnight, and hubby’s alarm went off at 4.30 (turn, off, repeating, alarm, on, phone, when, home, from, work…!) and THEN some moron rang him! Eastern states… Then Miss 3 was in bed, so no more sleep for me. I’m coping okay. I think that’s cos I’m so busy at work, but could wish for an early night tonight – which isn’t going to happen as I’m going with the girls from work to early dinner and a viewing of Australia. Will be fun. But wearying.
Work is flat out because our renos have been greenlighted and fast tracked! Builders come in about 7 working days! I will come back from holidays to a brand new space, but lots and lots has to be done before then. Plus usual end of year stuff chasing books from kids (and teachers!).
Anyway, is nearly 6am now, so I’ll go and get organised for the day. Hope this is reasonably coherant!