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Books, More Books, and a Real Kennedy

Doing research for a term paper, borrowing books, looking for a quiet space to work: When you're studying, there's hardly any way past a library. But what is happening in the background? Who sorts, stamps, and catalogs the books? And who knows an answer to every question? The staff of the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies let us take a peek behind the scenes from February 12 to 16, 2018.

Especially during the exam period...

A peek behind the scenes at the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute.

A peek behind the scenes at the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute.
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... most of you probably visit libraries more than usual. But what does it look like behind the scenes? This week, the library staff of John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies will provide insights into their daily routine. In English, of course. We are excited and looking forward to their impressions! #instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki
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Gerade in der Prüfungszeit halten sich die meisten von euch wohl überdurchschnittlich oft in Bibliotheken auf. Aber wie sieht es eigentlich hinter den Kulissen aus? Diese Woche geben die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der #Bibliothek des John-F.-Kennedy-Instituts für #Nordamerikastudien Einblicke in ihren Arbeitsalltag. Natürlich auf Englisch! Wir sind gespannt und freuen uns auf die Eindrücke!

Hi there!

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What building has the most stories?
Exactly. The #library.
As in the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute. For a week our staff is going to take over this Insta account to tell you some stories about how we work, and who comes to visit.
Stay tuned if you love #libraries as much as we love ours!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #librarylove #librarianlife #libraryofbookstagram #bookstagram #libraryfun #libraryview

This is it: The heart of the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute:

The library staff says "hello".

The library staff says "hello".
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Always helpful, never tired of questions like "Where can I find the loo?". We love helping you to find the information you are looking for! Every. Single. One. And if you don't know what you are really looking for, we always suggest to procrastinate with a good movie on DVD. (Yes, we have A LOT of movies and TV series. And yes, you can borrow and watch them at home or between classes in our cosy media room. For research purposes, of course! See you soon, moviegoers!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #librarylove #librarianlife #libraryofbookstagram #bookstagram #libraryfun #libraryview #groupphoto #librariansofinstagram #librariansrock #askalibrarian #mondaymotivation

If you work in a #library, you will hear many people asking questions like:

Work, work, work

Work, work, work
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"What do you do all day? Reading books and drinking coffee?"
Weeeeell..., not really. A library is not just about reading, borrowing and reshelving media. A lot of the actual work goes into the selection of books, journals, magazines, ebooks, then acquiring the media, cataloging the media, paying bills, keeping up to date with the newest databases, repairing media, doing research, and answering emails ... while drinking a lot of coffee!
And yes, occasionally we do read a book or the newspaper at the circulation desk...

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #librarylove #librarianlife #libraryofbookstagram #bookstagram #libraryview #librariansofinstagram #librarywork #nowearenotreadingallthetime #booksareourworld

What's the most ridiculous thing you ever had to do?

The art of stamping books

The art of stamping books
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If stamping books isn't one of them, you are doing it wrong. #LibrarianLife can easily be divided into the time before you find out that there are guidelines on how to stamp a book... and the afterlife. Here's an excerpt from the official instructions: ————————————————-
"page 48 --> short, oval-shaped stamp, upper left (upper right if appropriate) - inside the type area."
or
"backside of the front page --> big library stamp: if possible on the backside of the front text" #TMYK

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #librarylove #libraryofbookstagram #bookstagram #libraryview #librariansofinstagram #librarywork

Happy #ValentinesDay to all of you!

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The weather is on our side today, but unfortunately we have to say goodbye to this mommy-to-be: Elli will take a break for a year because, as you can see, she is re-he-heally pregnant (to the point where picking up books is a challenge) and needs some family-time. All the best to you and your baby! Have a good time and come back healthy!

Einen schönen #Valentinstag euch allen! Das Wetter stimmt schon mal, aber leider müssen wir uns heute von einer Kollegin verabschieden. Elli ist, wie man sehen kann, seeehr schwanger und das Büchereinstellen wird von Tag zu Tag schwieriger. Daher wird sie sich #Elternzeit für ein Jahr nehmen. Alles Gute für dich und dein Baby, liebe Elli! Komm gesund zurück!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #librarylove #libraryofbookstagram #bookstagram #libraryview #librariansofinstagram #librarywork #librarybabyshower

By the way, today is not only #ValentinesDay:

The Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute is a place for strong women.

The Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute is a place for strong women.
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"One Billion Rising" will unite people to demonstrate against violence against women. What does that have to do with us? Well, if you look closely, you will see that #libraries are full of powerful women: female #superheroes, authors and #feminists, film directors, actresses, as well as our power-women at the circulation desk and our - mostly female - students... So please, dear men: Solidarize with the women in your life and do something for them today! Maybe get them a new library card or something ... 

Heute ist übrigens nicht nur #Valentinstag: Zu "One Billion Rising" werden Frauen überall in Deutschland gegen die Ausbeutung von Frauen demonstrieren. Und was hat das mit uns zu tun? Wenn man genau hinsieht, sind Bibliotheken voll von #Powerfrauen. Angefangen von Superheldinnen-Comics, über unverwüstliche Autorinnen und Feministinnen, bis hin zu unseren Powerfrauen an der Leihstelle oder unseren - meist weiblichen - Studentinnen... Also liebe Männner: Solidarisiert euch mit euren Frauen/Freundinnen und tut ihnen (nicht nur) heute etwas Gutes! Vielleicht eine neue Bibliothekskarte oder so ...

#RiseInSolidarity #RiseResistUnite #1BillionRising #instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary

#ThrowbackThursday to a day way back in 2005 when we were highly honored by a visit from a real #Kennedy:

A real honor: The visit of Mrs. Eunice Shriver, a sister of John F. Kennedy.

A real honor: The visit of Mrs. Eunice Shriver, a sister of John F. Kennedy.
Bildquelle: John F. Kennedy Institute

Mrs. Eunice Shriver, maiden name Kennedy, a sister of John F. Kennedy, who sadly passed away in 2009.
Although this visit was already some time ago, our beloved colleague Jutta still remembers the visit very closely. After a handshake with Mrs. Shriver, Jutta never wanted to wash her hands again. Later, of course, she did, but sssh…. 

#TBT zu dem Tag im Jahr 2005, als wir von einer echten Kennedy beehrt wurden! Frau Eunice Shriver, geborene Kennedy, eine Schwester von John F. Kennedy, die 2009 leider verstorben ist, besuchte das #JFKI und unsere Bibliothek.
Obwohl dieser Besuch schon einige Zeit zurückliegt, erinnert sich unsere liebe Kollegin Jutta noch sehr genau daran. Nachdem sie Mrs. Shriver die Hand gegeben hatte, wollte Jutta sich nie wieder die Hände waschen. Natürlich hat sie es dann doch getan. Aber psst .... 

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #tb

Hi, I am Wiebke,

From the view of a library trainee.

From the view of a library trainee.
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... and last Septemer I started my training at the John F. Kennedy Library as a specialist in media and information services.

In addition to the work at Freie Universität, the Louise-Schröder-Schule organizes a reading project together with a primary school class, as you can see in the photo. (I am sitting on the far right by the way.) The main goal of this project is that we, the trainees, read together with the kids. Since the children just started school a few months ago, we only work on the alphabet and do homework and small exercises. Of course, there is a lot of playing and painting, too.

That is how we end our week during our school weeks with a cheerful mood. So I hope that you start this weekend at least as well!

Hi, ich bin Wiebke und seit letztem September mache ich eine Ausbildung in der John-F.-Kennedy-Bibliothek als Fachangestellte für Medien und Informationsdienste.

Neben der Arbeit an der Freien Universität findet das Lesepatenprojekt der Louise-Schröder-Schule mit einer Grundschulklasse zusammen statt, wie ihr auf dem Bild sehen könnt. (Ich sitze übrigens ganz rechts.) Das eigentliche Ziel des Projektes ist es, dass wir Azubis mit den Kindern zusammen lesen. Da die Kinder erst vor ein paar Monaten eingeschult wurden, lernen wir mit ihnen erstmal nur das Alphabet, erledigen Lesehausaufgaben und kleinere Übungen dazu. Aber natürlich wird auch oft zusammen gespielt und gemalt. 

So lassen wir jeden Freitag während der Schulblöcke die Woche gut gelaunt ausklingen. Daher hoffe ich, dass ihr mindestens genauso gut ins Wochenende startet!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #happyweekend #books #reading #lesepaten

And another gem from the archives for #tbt:

Before there were computers...

Before there were computers...
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Before computers, we had to use these piggy-pink library tickets. If someone was borrowing a #book, we would manually write down the name of the borrower, the call number and the due date, then give a copy to the user, and file the paper. Neat, huh? This ticket is 20 years old, almost to the day. 

Und noch ein bisschen Nostalgie zum #ThrowbackThursday: Bevor wir Computer für die Ausleihe genutzt haben, durften wir schweinchenrosarote "Leihscheine" per Hand ausfüllen. Der Name des Entleihers, die Signatur und das Fälligkeitsdatum wurden notiert. Anschließend wurde der Schein archiviert und eine Kopie dem Nutzer ausgehändigt. Nett, oder? Der abgebildete Schein ist übrigens 20 Jahre alt, fast auf den Tag genau!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #library #librarylove #bookstagram

That's a wrap, everybody!

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Slowly but surely we start from our instatakeover week into a well-deserved weekend! We wish all diligent students a relaxed semester break and maybe see you soon in our library?
If you liked our takeover, follow us on Facebook.
Thanks to @fu_berlin - the trip to Instagram was a lot of fun!

That's a wrap, everybody!
Wir starten langsam aber sicher aus unserer Insta-Takeover-Woche ins wohlverdiente Wochenende! Allen fleißigen Studierenden wünschen wir entspannte Semesterferien und vielleicht sieht man sich ja bald mal in unserer Bibliothek?
Wenn euch der Takeover gefallen hat, dann folgt uns doch auf Facebook.
Lieben Dank an @fu_berlin – der Ausflug zu Instagram hat uns sehr viel Spaß gemacht!

#instatakeover #hallofuberlin #jfki #johnfkennedyinstitute #jfkilibrary #happyweekend #fridaymood #friyay #byebye