Sonoma County Wine Library

It has been quite a long time since I posted anything, but I have a very good excuse (I think).  I finished my MLIS!  It’s hard to believe that I finally finished my three years and a few months journey through grad school.  It was an exhausting fall and holiday season and I needed some time away from the computer to recuperate and relax!

One thing I did to celebrate was to go wine tasting for the day with the bf.  Coincidentally, BayNet was hosting a tour of the Sonoma County Wine Library that same day.  Even luckier for me, the bf was into supporting my nerdiness and happily went on the tour with me.

The tour was back in October, so forgive the lateness of this post.  Like I said, I’ve been avoiding the computer for a couple of months.  Anyway, it was a good turnout and the Wine Librarian (how do I get that title?!?), Jon Haupt, pulled out some fun items to share with the group.

The library is located inside the Healdsburg branch of the Sonoma County Library system.


They have about 6,000 items in the collection, including 1,000 rare books, ephemera, periodicals, and wine-related clippings.  Topics include agriculture, cooking, viticulture, food, cheese, beer and liquor, regions, the wine business, and winemaking.


They use the Koha catalog system for their OPAC.  The collection is cataloged using the Dewey Decimal System.


The periodicals area, with approximately 60 different magazine subscriptions



The oldest book in the collection, published 1518 (but much older than that), the Libri de re rustica by Marcus Porcius Cato.  (See the digitized version at the Internet Archive!)


This was a beautiful and enormous book from 1900 containing illustrations of French grapes.  (I didn’t catch the name of it, sorry, so please let me know if you know the title.)


This is a fun pop up book – Hugh Johnson’s Pop Up Wine BookPublished in 1989.


Another rare book was one published in Spain in 1584 the Libro de agricultura: que tracta de la labranca y crianca, y de muchas otras particularidades y prouechos del campo, by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera.  The book is on winemaking, which he said they might have used for reference in the California missions.  See the digitized version at the Internet Archive.)


This is the rare books and clippings area.


More rare books


Subject files.  The clippings are in a database, but new items are not currently being added to the existing database.

Like many other special libraries, the Wine Library did not have a collection development policy when the librarian began, and they are out of space for the physical collection. He has not had time to do any deaccessioning. The library also does not have a strategic plan, although he would like to create one.

I thought these were fun..

And then there is the ephemera!  I totally want this game.



And a scrapbook on the region


An interesting special collection at the library is of wine labels.


Some of the food and cooking titles


Finally, I passed by the famous seed library inside the main Healdsburg branch


It is a great special library and I’m so glad I had the chance to see it.  It’s open to the public, and I recommend you visit if you can!


Literary map of the British Isles [infographic]

Happy Friday! I have been a busy bee working on my e-portfolio and wrapping up my MLIS.  Graduation is {hopefully} in sight!  I decided to put my e-port on a website, so I was forced to think of a name for it.  I’m not great at naming things, but I managed to come up with one that wasn’t already taken, and now changed this blog name to match.  So, welcome to Crafter Librarian!

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a literary map of the British Isles, via BuzzFeed.


Currently reading: The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro (another advanced reading copy from the ALA conference)

Internship week 14 Professional Ethics

Only another week or so to go in the semester!  This week in my internship class we explored professional ethics of various library and archives-related professional associations.  It’s interesting to see how similar they were, yet each was also worded so it was tailored to the specific profession of the respective association.  Of the five professional association codes of ethics I looked at (ALA, IFLA, SAA, ARMA International, and ICRM), four of them all mention privacy; access and intellectual freedom; service; responsibility to society; and professionalism, such as being unbiased, mentoring others, and continued professional development.  And the fifth one, ICRM, talks about professionalism and privacy.

It was a quiet week in my internship.  I finished my last assignment last Friday and am waiting for another from my site supervisor.  This week’s focus was on the final report required for the internship.  But since I didn’t have any cataloging assignments, I was able to get most of the report completed, which feels really good.  With my site supervisor leaving for vacation in just a week, I’m not quite sure what to expect in terms of assignments this coming week.

I’m having some issues logging into the class (Canvas) today so hopefully that will be resolved soon and I can post my discussion post.

Total hours: 11

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Edgewood Tales

Happy Friday! I don’t have a links post today because classes started on Monday and I’m feeling like…


But, I do have some news to share!  A few days ago, I mentioned that I will be doing a special studies project this semester.  This project has been in the works for several months and am excited that I finally get to share more info on it.

My project will take place at Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco, a 163-year-old organization originally founded as an orphanage for Gold Rush orphans.  I will be surveying the agency for archival records, digitizing and indexing what I uncover, and donating items to the San Francisco History Center.  I plan to also begin an oral history project for the organization.

Long story short, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, the organization created the Edgewood collection donated it to the San Francisco History Center in 2003.  The collection contains images and records of former orphans, adoption files, administrative records, and more from Edgewood’s origins in 1851 through 1959.

The San Francisco Protestant Orphanage on Haight Street in 1871. © Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Permission to use granted by Edgewood.

The San Francisco Protestant Orphanage on Haight Street in 1871. © Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Permission to use granted by Edgewood.

However, some historical materials remain at Edgewood, as the original processing archivist was asked to leave some records behind.  These periodically turn up in random places by staff in places where they shouldn’t be found – such as desks and gym storage rooms.

The leadership at Edgewood is enthusiastic about the project and supports donating the items that weren’t originally allowed to go to the San Francisco History Center.  So, this semester, I’ll be going through the buildings again to uncover whatever else I can, as well as start an oral history project.  It will be a great experience with a paper-based collection.

I’ve started a new blog, Edgewood Tales, to document this project.  I hope you will check it out!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Bibliolinks: On fall books previews, bookless libraries, and more

It can’t be true.  I refuse to believe that fall semester is starting on Monday.  I was just finally beginning to relax and enjoy the break between sessions and it’s time to go back!  At least this semester I’ve got two really cool classes lined up.  I’m going to be doing a special studies project (more on that later) and a digital asset management internship and I’m super excited about both.

I’m going to go back to hiding under a blanket and pretending classes don’t start in less than 48 hours.  Enjoy the weekend!

A study finds that readers have less recall when using e-readers than print books.  What do you think?  I actually just started using a Kindle this week and I absolutely feel I’m absorbing less of what I’m reading compared to print.  I even chose a silly YA book to try out, knowing I might have some issues, and I can barely remember what I’ve read.

Another bookless library has opened.

The latest New Media Consortium Horizons Report has been released.  I learned about this report in my required management class, of all places, and found it a great resource on emerging technologies.

Amazon reveals its 2014 Big Fall Books Preview.  Which ones are you looking forward to?  I can’t wait for the latest book in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series , and I also recently discovered Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, so I may pick up that new one as well.

J.D. Salinger’s home is up for sale.  Just $679,000 for 12 acres!  You could barely get a two bedroom condo in San Francisco for that!

8 amazing books to wind down your summer.  Here in San Francisco, our nice weather hasn’t even started yet, but I think I’ll be adding at least a couple of these to the TBR pile regardless.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s fascinating that a monkey selfie has generated a discussion about copyright ownership.  However, I do definitely feel for the photographer at the center of this.

3-D picture books for blind children.  Awesome.

23 creatively designed Little Free Libraries.  I like the ones made of trees and the movie theater design.

Author opinions on print vs. e-books.

Currently reading: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Bibliolinks: On 3 minute TED talks, and more

It’s already been much discussed, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how sad I am at the loss of Robin Williams earlier this week.  He was a beloved Bay Area denizen, many of those years spent in San Francisco.  I feel like the only native San Franciscan who never ran into him out and about in the city, but for as long as I can remember, I hoped that I would.

I grew up going to the ice cream parlor he took his kids to, but never went on the right days.  My friend’s little brother played baseball with his son when we were younger, and she would see him at the games.  Friends who worked at the mall told stories of how he came in to the stores like a whirlwind, graciously entertaining the employees and stopping for autographs and pictures with fans, even during Christmastime when the mall was packed.  Still other friends told of meeting him when trick or treating at his home in the Sea Cliff neighborhood on Halloween.

Never was a bad word said about him.  Always kind, always willing to spend time with fans.  We have lost an amazing entertainer, and a good person.

There have been some lovely articles (like this one) written about him.  One positive part of this has been that it has helped people to step forward and open up about their own battles with depression (like this).  I currently work in the mental health field, and I can only hope that this sad event can help remove some of the stigma of depression and encourage people to reach out for help.  If you know someone who is suffering, let them know they are not alone.  And remember, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass


On a less somber note, here are some links for the weekend.

A list of TED talks less than 3 minutes long.

Why library school students should play away from their strengths when selecting classes.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe has a call for articles.

The most anticipated book to film adaptations coming out in 2015.

Getting to know the SFPL’s Park Branch.  I think I’ve walked by this place a bunch of times, but never been inside.

35 different Harry Potter covers!

The art of Julia Strand, book carver.

10 terrifying psychological thrillers.  I highly recommend A Simple Plan.

Libraries remember Robin Williams (check out the SFPL video!).

And, 10 inspiring quotes from Robin Williams.

And just for fun, a yawning baby sloth.  I want one.

Currently reading: Still reading All the Light We Cannot See, and loving it.