Thursday, April 14, 2011

#503 National Library Week

Happy National Library Week!

In library celebration, I’ll share some news about physical improvements that have been made to the shipboard library this semester.

Two large SUPER magnets were removed from under the library counter. These magnets had been in place since the library desk served as a bar counter in the ship’s casino. These magnets are so strong that if you walk near the desk with keys in your pocket, your pants pocket will be pulled toward the desk. And our cabin keys would often be desensitized. So the crew cut a rectangular hole underneath the counter and removed the magnets. We’re thrilled.

Two large unused map cases were removed from the wall next to the window.

The space is now a very sought-after work space in the library.  
When you spend half your day trying to un-jam the printer, it’s time for a new one.  See how nice our new printer looks sitting between the two library computers?  Since the printer is bolted to the table and the table is bolted to the floor, removing paper jams in the rear compartment sometimes meant crawling underneath the table to come up behind the printer.

And we posted a Library of Congress classification poster on library shelving to assist students in finding library materials. The big orange magnets are compliments of IKEA.

Yours in celebrating libraries in our corner of the world, the MV Explorer library,


  1. Julie at StanfordApril 16, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Mary, removed the map cases!!?! My goodness. I could have filled them all up for you. :)

  2. I'm surprised Kelly let you get rid of the map case....