Monday, June 8, 2009

Reference 200's Inventory

After going through all of the 200's, there are some books that I think should be discarded and some that should be changed to circ. Each category is labeled on the black book cart. Some exceptions:
The Routledge Dictionary of Religious & Quotations should be recataloged to the quotations reference area.
The Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches was a standing order which I have cancelled, although we will keep the 2009 for the time being.
The Catholic Almanac we cancelled as a standing order in 2006. These older editions should probably be discarded.
Let me know if you disagree with any of these decisions. Also, let me know if there is anything on the shelves that you think should be discarded. I am open to any and all suggestions.
Also, take a look at some of the items there that you may have forgotten (or never knew about) such as the wonderful How to be a Perfect Stranger which tells the visitor exactly how to act in any house of worship; the Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, which steers the user to every usage of every word in the Bible; the excellent Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions; the great mythology titles; and Islam: A Guide for Jews and Christians.


Catherine Harper said...

I agree with all of Jane's decisions. Just one suggestion--could we have a reference copy of the King James version of the Bible? This version is the only one anyone ever asks me for, and there often is no copy available in the circulating collection. Alternatively, could we just get a couple more copies to circulate?

Thanks, Jane, for mentioning How to be a Perfect Stranger. It's a great source, and I had never seen it. Could we start displaying new reference books behind the desk again?

JiHae said...

Looks good to me... although I have to admit my mind did a little double take when I realized all those historical atlases will now circulate. They might not fit through the book drop slots. ;)

Out of curiosity, why did you decide to keep the New American Bible concordance in Ref?

mlh said...

I agree with Catherine about keeping a reference copy of the King James and adding to the circ collection. mlh

Jane said...

Ji Hae--I left the New American Bible concordance in Ref because the the big concordance is there. We can easily change it to circ.

CH and MLH--I agree that we should have another King James, but I think it should be in circ. I will suggest to Andre. Also, confusingly, the King James old and new testaments are separeted on the shelves--have slightly different call numbers.

Cynthia said...

I agree with your choices. Large parts of the Catholic Almanac are available on-line via Our Sunday Visitor - for example, short bibs for the saints.

JiHae said...

My rationale for putting the New American Bible Concordance in the circulating collection is b/c we have one other concordance in circulating and the exhaustive concordance in reference. I don't feel strongly about it either way.