Monthly Archives: April 2012

The End of Phase I

Today Karla and I finished putting up our signs so we are officially finished with Phase I! We ended up with just a little over 3,000 books and just enough space so that we can wait a little for our extra shelf to arrive.  We will be starting Phase II at the beginning of May so stay tuned.

Thanks to everyone who helped on this project!!



rare italian serials

We have couple sets of serials in Italian published by Edizione Italiane Artistische, attributed to Luigi Galimberti which were really tough to find records for.  We also couldn’t find anything on this publisher or author.  Thanks to Mary Jane we got these and the Czech materials cataloged (along with a lot of other hard to find stuff)!

Czechoslovakian Materials

We have a few Czechoslovakian serials!



Volunteer/intern position

We are entering Phase 2 of the cataloging project and are looking for a few interns or volunteers to help out. The project will last from around April 30 until the end of July, and the job will consist of basic cataloging, labeling, and shelving. The intern/volunteer will need to have their own laptop that they can use for work.
We would love to have someone with a little cataloging experience, but that is not a requirement.
For more information please contact:
Maggie Willis
Project Coordinator

Almost There

We just finished the penultimate week of Phase I of our cataloging project and are in a pretty good position heading into our last week.  We have cataloged a little over 290o books so far, and have only a few more to add next week.  Thanks to the amazing job done by Amanda, Meaghan, Justin, and Katie almost the entire collection has been labeled and shelved!  We are a little short on space so Karla is considering adding one more tall bookshelf for the oversize collection, the English-language oversize taking up even more of the collection than we had originally imagined.  Next week we have a little cataloging to finish up (books with no records and serials) and then we can focus on organization, training, and getting shelf signs in place.

Möbel, mobilier, muebles, meubilair, möbler… furniture?

As I was shelving books today, I thought for the 1,000th time about the similarities between European languages for the word “furniture.”  The title’s language order is: German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, and (obviously) English.  How did English-speakers come up with such a fantastically different word for the same thing?  I turned to the Online Etymology Dictionary ( for answers.

1520s, “act of furnishing,” from M.Fr. fourniture, from fournir “furnish”. Sense of “chairs, tables, etc.; household stuff” (1570s) is unique to English; most other European languages derive their words for this from L. mobile “movable.”

Of course, that still didn’t tell me how this came to be.  Further Googling didn’t help my cause.  I’ll keep searching for answers, of course, unless any of you super-sleuthy commenters can come up with it first!