Near the end of our annual Shelf Check Week (this year 24th to 28th June) at the Pendlebury Library, we wanted to share with you the changes we have made in the library. The following paragraphs already give you a glimpse into what you will see has changed, just in case you come to library when we are next open: Monday, 1st July 2013: 9:30. If you can’t find anything, ask a friendly librarian! The photo to the left shows a ‘human chain of four’ moving books along, the following ‘moving’ images show the end result of our work. Obviously, we also did check that the books and scores were all there, or indeed: fixed mistakes, tidied the boxes of unbound music, and so on…
We finally managed to squeeze enough Rb-books (reference books of that size) into the Reading Room, so that the The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians (this is the latest, 2001, print edition) is in the right sequence within the Rbs, as is the Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2nd edition). So the order of books in here makes now more sense: Journals (A-Z), Ref books (language dictionaries), Ra-items (reference only), and the start of Rb-items (reference only) too. Of course, these images move the heart of every music librarian! But I’ll understand if you are not that impressed.
The past examination papers and materials which lecturers of the Faculty of Music have asked us to keep in the library for reference purposes have now moved to near the Issue Desk. We even have managed to condense the space a bit, and hope to make use of those spare shelves soon. Watch this space! Thanks to our work experience student, Matthew Gibson, even the labelling of shelves is already correct, and we hope to update our online map soon; maybe a job for next week’s – oh yes! – two work experience students?
Without the help of Matthew, and our two current students (Sally and Ali) we would never have managed this, seeing that the regular Pendlebury Library crew is currently down to three librarians, after Hannah left us. We hope to have news of her successor soon. So after these moving images of our lovely work, do say: “Wow! This was really worth it!”, and don’t say: “Why did you have to close the library?”.
CG, with photographic assistance by AP, and Matthew Gibson (work experience June 2013)