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text 2017-05-16 00:15
A BL (and non-BL) Librarian Note: Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel titles and series.


Graphic Novels are an exception to the rule that the series name should not appear in the title for the item.  The series should still be in the series field (though may necessitate an indicator since there are sometimes multiple versions of the printing, a HC collected edtion, an Omnibus, etc... that's a whole different issue).


Let's take a look at "Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery".  "Sass & Sorcery" alone is not the name of the volume.


For consistency, we'd like to recommend that Volume be abbreviated to Vol. and that numbers be indicated with digits, not spelled out.


So in this example we'd have:

Title: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery

Series: Rat Queens

Position: 1

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text 2017-05-09 04:15
The ASIN bug - a workaround!

As I mentioned in my last post here there is currently an issue with some Amazon kindle and Audible ASIN numbers being rejected by the BL database.


I might have found a workaround for users (this won't work for librarians directly because our edits don't go through the queue).


If you want to edit an ASIN kindle edition, or Audible audiobook edition and it spits out that dreaded Add correct ASIN, all you have to do is remove the ASIN number completely from the record and save it.


For the Librarians - when you see an edit request that includes removing what looks like a legit ASIN number, check to make sure it's a kindle, and then approve all the changes except the ASIN removal.  It works!  The record will update with all the new details and keep the ASIN number in place.  


Note:  this obviously does not work if you're trying to add an ASIN that BL doesn't like to a record.  That's still broken - but this will at least allow you to edit existing records to add descriptions, page number, etc. without losing the ASIN.

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text 2017-05-05 04:26
Notes from a (BL) Librarian

Some of you will definitely be aware of the on-going issues with the ASIN bug. This has been an ongoing pain-in-the-as ... issue for several weeks now and BL's IT department has no ETA on it being fixed so here are a few facts here that might help:


1.  Some ASINs are being rejected by BL as invalid.  They are, in fact, valid and point to legitimate records on Amazon.  


2.  This error only occurs when you try to edit a kindle edition, or if you're trying to add a new book and the ASIN is deemed to be one of the 'fake-but-not-fake'. This is because these are the only times BL is testing the number against whatever algorithm they use to determine valid ASINs.  Automated imports still work.


What does this mean?

If you try to edit a kindle or audible record, you might get an "Enter valid ASIN number" error.  There seems to be no pattern to what will get rejected that is discernible to humans who don't eat mathematics for breakfast.  


You can still add covers:  use the "Add Cover" button under the big green box, not 'edit'.  (This doesn't work for changing covers, just adding new ones.)


The workaround:  you can search the ASIN number in the search box, and it will import the edition through amazon, bypassing the validity check.  The hitch:  the record comes through sans cover or much of anything else; covers can be added as mentioned above, but everything else - no dice. So, ymmv.


This is true for librarians too.  The only way around it is to email Kate and request that she forces the change through from the backend.  She's super-nice about doing it and quick too.


I have to admit though... it's a pain in the butt.  Especially if you have 3 or more pages of edit requests to go through.  So, and this is me throwing myself under the bus, I've stopped doing it.  On records that reject ASINs, I'm taking them out, while making sure the correct ASIN is in the source link field (in the form of the Amazon page for that edition) so the information isn't lost.  Alternatively, if I find the corresponding ISBN number, I'll use that (mostly for audiobooks).


If you have a kindle edition that you cannot edit - definitely email Kate (kate@) and she can sort it out from the backend - she might even be faster than us librarians.  Alternatively, file a book report, choose "other" and just let the librarian know that the ASIN is one of "those" and let us know what you need updated (with a publisher link if possible).  The ASIN might look like it has gone walkabout, but you'll get the rest of the record completed.  :)


So if you notice a kindle edition missing its ASIN and you were sure it was there before, that's what's happened and I'm sorry - it was probably me*, and when they get this bug fixed, the ASINs will get added back.






*Dear Kate:  please don't kill me.  Or de-librarian me.

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review 2017-04-25 03:57
Review: The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann
The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian/Spy Escapade) - Susan Mann



The Librarian and the Spy is a cute story with a fun premise that didn’t quite meet its potential. It’s a book I desperately wanted to like, mostly because author Susan Mann includes enough detail about Quinn’s job as a librarian to delight my bibliophile self. But while there’s a wonderful amount of trivia in this story, the actual plot dragged, the romance was missing spark, and the characters never came alive on the page. It took me a long time to get into this story, mostly because the plot took some time to find its footing. And while Quinn and James are certainly likeable, they never felt three-dimensional to me. Their romance is sweet, but again, was missing something. I felt a lot of the romance was a case of tell rather than show, which could have been part of the problem. As for the action, there was no real sense of danger or excitement when it came to the espionage work, and overall I was just left wanting more.

The Librarian and the Spy isn’t a bad book, only disappointing in that it could have been so much better had the characters and the world come to life. It had the potential to do so, for Ms. Mann’s writing definitely shines in any scene involving research. I absolutely loved those bits because I could feel Quinn’s excitement come through the page and I loved the way her mind worked. There’s also a fun twist at the end of the story that left me smiling and feeling optimistic about Quinn’s future. So while The Librarian and the Spy wasn’t quite my cup of tea, there is enough potential to the series that I’d like to read A Covert Affair.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/04/review-librarian-and-spy-by-susan-mann.html
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review 2017-04-20 22:41
What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss
What the Librarian Did - Karina Bliss

This is the best pure romance that I've read in a long, long time. Wonderful characters, a believable plot, and the ups-and-downs of relationships portrayed for once without the irritating Dr. Phil-style psychologising that infects so many modern American romances. The author is from New Zealand, and that's where the book's events take place, which is so refreshing. Too often non-American authors place the plots in the US, and it gets a bit monotonous. It's nice to read about places that aren't Montana or Wyoming or New York or Seattle. 


Here's the blurb:


Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years.

It's up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how "bad" he really is. Because her secret—and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption—depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good.


What's not mentioned in the blurb is that the book is also about parents who should never be parents, religious fundamentalism, domestic violence where the wife constantly refuses to admit that her husband is an abuser, a mother who was forced to give her child up for adoption, what happens when they find each other, a son who needs to confront the fact that his mother has a lover at 65. And, of course, that love conquers all :)


And there is a very, very funny bedroom scene.


Highly recommended.

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