What is Better Than 1,000 Words?

by Myra Saturen
October 01, 2013

Faced with 1,400 books and decisions to be made about them, what would you do?  In June, LealaLeala Arnold Arnold, a student in NCC's library technical assistant program (LTA), walked into a large room at the Baum School of Art in Allentown and knew how to go about such a project, girded by the knowledge she had gained in NCC's all-online certificate LTA program, specifically the cataloguing course. 

The Baum School needed to sort through their old books, choosing which ones would be kept and which offered for a book sale.  Responding to an e-mail sent to students in the cataloguing class, Arnold accepted the challenge.  As a volunteer, she matched books with Library of Congress cataloguing numbers she had looked up online, printed the numbers and applied them to the spines of books intended for retention. 

Arnold enjoyed the work.  "The people at the Baum School are very nice," Arnold says.  "It was an interesting experience and, as a bonus, I got to keep some of the books intended for sale.  It is always good to be paid in books." 


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