I attended my first library conference over the weekend. I spent Thursday – Saturday (well the first part of Saturday) at CARL and I learned a lot from both the presenters and my fellow attendees. I went to my first unconfrence session which was wonderful, I enjoyed the opportunity to talk in person to other library school students and librarians. It is sometimes lonely being a California distance student for a school in New Jersey but I made some great contacts and hope I will see many of them at future conferences. I also saw my first poster session and now that I’ve seen that it’s like a science fair I think I can manage one myself so I’m trying to figure out how 1) get a little more about our tutorials (stats and whatnot) and 2) where I want to submit so I can go present it. I came home with a lot of notes that I hope to present here but the combination of Holy Week at home and student workers not being secure in their schedules yet means I’ve had a lot more work than I’d anticipated yesterday and today. I will try to have a post about the conference up for everyone by the end of this week.
Now on to the what prompted the title of this post. A patron asked me to look up a book that she believes she returned and now I’m doing a search. A typical ILL search means I go into the stacks to make sure (although it is highly unlikely) that the book did not find its way into our stacks, check around the ILL office, check the lending institution’s catalog and finally call the school to ask them to do the same on their end. In this case the patron borrowed a book from BYU – look at what appears in the right hand side of the search results when you open a record.
It shows you where in the stacks the book should be! I’m so excited about this, go do a search for yourself it looks pretty accurate to me but I can’t check from here – does anyone read from Utah, will you check for me? I need to know how to get this widget and if I can convince my supervisor and the powers that be to put it in our catalog. I don’t think it will play nice with Melvyl but it should work in Antpac. If anyone has any details about how to get this up and running or if your library has something similar let me know!