Flooding and Visits to Devon and Exeter Institute and Exeter Cathedral Library

23 Things @ Devon Libraries week 7: RSS feeds. I’ve subscribed to 10 feeds on Google Reader. I showed the feed list to my daughter explaining that I couldn’t see the advantage of feeds over using my favourites when she pointed out that there was a weather warning for our area showing. Surprise, surprise the following morning the police were there with a road closed sign on the valley road I drive to work. I diverted over the hills instead and drove through flood after flood. I would add local flood warnings to my RSS feed but could not find the RSS link.

The drive in was worth all the effort as part of today was a Cilip SW visit to Devon and Exeter Institute and Exeter Cathedral Library. The Devon and Exeter Institute is such a contrast to the planning of the new city library at work. The Institute is in a row of Tudor buildings and has a nineteenth century library and reading rooms inside with a large nineteenth century collection of book, magazines and newspapers. Above the rooms there are galleries of more books and 2 glass domed rooves. Roger Brien, Chief Library Officer, gave an entertaining and informative talk about the history of the building and the Institute. The Cathedral Library incorporates even older material including the Exon Domesday, the composite land and tax register for the South West used to compile the 1086 Domesday Survey. We saw the new reading room and the new temperature controlled strong box room for the pre 18th century material. Unfortunately the old material in the stack below the city library where I work is not a public space and so is not included in the redevelopment.

Back to work and all the shelving units and shelving is now across and set up in the temporary building. Now there is a big push on to shelve all the stock that was stored for the move in skips and boxes. However staff were a bit thin on the ground as it took some staff upto 3 hours to get in on buses as they rerouted to avoid the floods.

Next week’s activity is a new technology blogpost so I have a bit of research to do.


2 thoughts on “Flooding and Visits to Devon and Exeter Institute and Exeter Cathedral Library

  1. Ve says:

    I love your blog – it looks v. professional. What template did you use?
    It’s been such a long time since i did mine but thinking of setting up another one just for all my moans and ‘rants’.
    Didn’t get as far as the technology blogpost – think i just didn’t have time to do it (didn’t get any work time but used it as part of my NVQ in Customer Care – not that i ever get to do any good quality Customer Care even in work time!).
    Will send your blog address onto Jenny and Linda. I think that a blog is a good way to keep people involved in the library and what is going on. Well done you!!

  2. soolib says:

    Thanks for you kind comments. The template I used is Dusk to Dawn: A dark theme that melds old-style organic ornaments with modern design and typography. It features a custom header, custom background, and a widget area in the sidebar.

    On the Customer Care front don’t sell yourself short. You are pleasant to everyone and try very hard to help our customers both face-to-face and when hidden from view in the basement. Hopefully you are enjoying working in different areas across both buildings to help get ready for the opening date of 3rd December, (even though those hidden extra piles of skips appear just when you think you have finished). Next week is the last week before we open: the long list of remaining jobs looks doable but very hard work!

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