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Instructions for Regular New Books

Guide to New Books

These are the steps for dealing with the new books that accumulate behind the Reference Desk. Do not confuse these with the new reference books.

The goal is to organize them from most interesting to least interesting, roughly. Once they are organized, they are taken to the Dean for viewing, then eventually they will be put on display.

It is part of your responsibilities to organize these once you spot them behind the desk. We appreciate you taking the initiative to organize the books without being asked.

Here we go:

1) Identify a cart that consists of unorganized new books. Put the dust jackets back on the books. (The dust jackets are usually inserted into the middle of the book.)

**A note on notes:
If you see tags or notes sticking out of the new books, in most cases you can ignore what they say, but please take them out and throw them away! For example: notes that say "finese label," "Ed. (call number)," or "Cat. (call number)" can be thrown away. If a note says something like, "Faculty author," please leave it in the book and let Kelci or Vicki know, as we put a special band on faculty publications.

2) Put all oversize books—art books, coffee table books, etc.—to the far left top shelf of the truck.

3) Put all fiction, poetry, and literature on the top left side, next to the oversize books.

4) Put all non-fiction, from most interesting to least interesting, next to the literature. Obviously a book’s interesting factor is very subjective. If you can imagine someone at USF being interested in the book, then treat it as interesting. Think about the programs and majors here at the University, as well as books that might appeal to faculty and Fromm students, who are seniors. The book’s design and color are also factors to consider. For example, a bright orange book with a provocative photo of a woman catches more attention then a plain beige book with a leaf on it.

5) Put the least interesting books on the bottom right. “Least interesting books” are anything written in a foreign language, textbooks, USF dissertations and theses (the standard black-bound books), and really advanced science books, such as advanced chemistry, isomers, programming languages, etc.

Some examples:

A science book like this should be considered interesting because it has an engaging cover.

A science book like should be considered not interesting because it has a boring cover and it is about a somewhat advanced level of science.

6) Once this is all done, put a tag on the truck that says, “Ready for Dean.” For this purpose you can use a scratch card, write the message on it, and stick it in one of the far left books on the top shelf of the truck so that it sticks out and can be seen.

7) Check with Vicki or Kelci to see if it is a good time to take the book truck to the Dean for viewing. If it is a good time, call to see if Carmen, the Dean's assistant, is there (ext. 2035).

Now you're all done! Congratulations!



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
got it

Feb. 10th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kelci, very thorough! -Ann
Feb. 10th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
book kart
Interesting format. What if one stumbles across a book that sounds really interesting but looks really lame?
Feb. 22nd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: book kart
Then you want to settle on an in-the-middle place for the book, for example at the end of the top row or at the beginning of the bottom row.

By the way-- who are you?

Feb. 22nd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds easy. The pictures are really helpful too.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Got it!
Feb. 25th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds good..I'm all ready for some new books action! =o)
- Linda
Feb. 25th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
There's currently a new book cart in tbe back with a piece of scratch paper on it that says 'North for Joe'.

I'm not sure in which step this cart has already been through. Is this step prior to the 'interest level' sorting, or after? I'm looking at the books and it SEEMS to be in the order of interest, but then again, everyone has a different perspective of what deems as interesting.

Is there anyway to make the system a little clearer? Perhaps have a scratch card saying, 'Ready to be sorted' - or maybe start a generic piece of paper going that list each step. Then we could just check off each step when it's done..(ie..book covers on, sort by interest, carted to dean, etc)

Just a thought since it would be nice if everyone is on the same page..

Much love,
- Linda
Feb. 27th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Question...
hey linda! good question. maybe i should add this to this instructions.

"north for joe" literally means that-- those books have been set aside for joe to display on the new books shelves in the north wing (joe is in charge of that display; vicki is in charge of the south display). the books that are destined for the north display have already been displayed in the front, in the south wing, and now it's time to move them along. you can ignore books that are for joe, or for the north display

the best way to tell if a new book truck is in need of some love is to check the dust jackets of the books-- are there dust jackets sticking out of the middle? or are the dust jackets secured on the covers of all the books?

thanks for the suggestion for a checklist. i am going to think about it and maybe you will see it! increasing communication is always good :)

Feb. 27th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Got it

Feb. 27th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
got it.
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)

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