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One New Thing
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Some New Things: It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my ‘discoveries’ on this blog, so here you go: did you know that in a PowerPoint 2003 Shows you can right-click on the slide, use the mouse as a pen to draw diagrams or highlight things, then save the scribbles as part of the file? I wonder if that is making life easier for people who do presentations with non-standard characters or diagrams – being able to draw them right into the slides?

I have just taken on a new library project, which is doing an overhaul of a small library of music owned by a choir. This is the second time I have had the opportunity to voluntarily take on a small collection and work on all aspects of it, from looking at the cataloguing system and storage requirements to developing loans procedures. I had a quick look online for information on what other librarians have done to organise such small collections and couldn’t find anything easily: so in the interests of finally finding a use for the Wiki I set up many months ago, if you have a story you would like to share about setting up a very small library, please add it to the Very Small Library Collections – Stories.

So far, I have learnt that sheet music ought to lie down, not stand upright, and that it needs to be in some sort of archival-quality storage in order for it to last: such as these The Best Box music storage systems. Real archival quality is far beyond the budget I am working with right now however, so I am investigating other options, and open to ideas! Sheet music is particularly problematic because musicians need to write on it, and it can be quite fragile as it isn’t protected by bindings (even before people take erasers to it). I can already advise that you shouldn’t secure it with paper clips before putting it in storage.

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