So, National Procrastination Week is March 2-March 8, right in the middle of midterms. Coincidence? Probably. All I know is that I waited till the week was halfway over to blog about it. Because I’m in the spirit.
If you feel the need to get some procrastinating done (or if you just need to take a break from that question set/term paper/ take-home test before your head explodes), we’ve set up a brand-spankin’-new book display in the front alcove, across from the Common Grounds Cafe. In addition to the magazines and the pop fiction books that were there from before (and are themselves prime procrastination material), we’ve hooked you up with an entire book display devoted to one thing: pretty, pretty pictures. There’s art books if you’re feeling classy, graphic novels if you’re feeling literary, and pop-up books if you’re feeling like you’ve had enough, you know, thinking.
If you’re looking for some books with pretty, pretty pictures, or even if you’re looking for books for less procrastinatory purposes, you can use Library of Congress subject headings. For example, for this book display, I used subject headings like:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Stories without words.
Toy and movable books–Specimens (Pop-up books!)
Art, Modern–20th century.
Art, Modern–19th century.
These headings are fixed (but more than one can apply to an item), and are decided by the Library of Congress. Apparently “Pictures–Pretty, pretty.” was not descriptive enough for them.
One easy way to find specific headings is to find a book in the catalog that seems close to what you’re looking for or that you know is related to your search. Look at its catalog record. There you can see all of the LC subject terms that were used to describe the item. In our catalog, you can click on whatever subject terms are relevant to your search and see all of the books that were cataloged with the same terms. It’s a pretty awesome tool to have in your back pocket, so if you still feel unsure about how to use it, stop by the Learning Commons Desk. We’re totally happy to walk you through the process. Plus, you can kill time by talking to us while still feeling productive because you’re learning a skill. Sweet!
Oh– guess what I learned today! “Procrastinatory” doesn’t set off the spell check. Because it’s a real word!!! How crazy is that?