Serials, stamps and nostalgia: remembering Pablo’s tour of the back room
There’s an awful lot of book and ebook ordering going on at this time of year, with lecturers returning from a well earned break to update the online reading lists for their units and my word, there are a lot of those; most units have one and they let students get to what they need to read in a single click! Less time spend fiddling with Moodle means more time learning and doing more interesting stuff. Our resident penguin investigator Pablo took a look behind the scenes.
He came back quite Dewey eyed with nostalgia (apparently a real condition in which someone gets dewy eyed about the Dewey classification system) and immediately reached for the photo album from his first trip to explore what precisely happens in the Library back room and positively insisted we pull together all the old blog posts he wrote from the back room.
Pablo thinks he has arranged them here in the order they happened:
- When Pablo first visited the back room
- When Pablo discovered it P&M was not a shop from the 1970s but that the people there do a lot of shopping in work time
- That journals are more slippery than mackerel
- When Pablo was allowed to use the stamp of approval
- Why we must have more of everything… including books
- How Pablo helped make things Discovery-able
- “It was like that when I got here”
- How Pablo came to understand how money makes the back room go around
- A tale of PURE research: when Pablo submitted his thesis “Fish I have known and loved”
- And so to bed (which is how all Pablo’s tales end)
Pablo before (and after) his tour of the back room
More tales of Pablo’s exploits and a more formal journal article discussing of how useful Pablo is at making an otherwise apparently serious and mundane library service entertaining and accessible is available for free online. Someone expressed interest in looking at the Altmetrics for the original article and so it would really help if you could click here to view (and cite) the original article.
If you do not subscribe to the journal where it was published, a post-print is available for free from our Research Portal.
Another curious little penguin
Pip, who is often curious in all senses of the word, stumbled across the old series of blog posts and immediately started asking questions, mostly about what fun things besides books the Library could buy. We buy DVDs and loads of cool electronic stuff but Pip was disappointed to learn that none of it included chocolate, or indeed anything comestible. Pip is now donning his own little badge identifying him as a penguin investigator. Perhaps worryingly, closer inspection of Pip’s badge reveals that it reads: “penguin instigator”. We asked him about that and he assured us the words looked very similar and that this was merely a “slip of the flipper”. Based on past experience, it is probably a prophetic one.