One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle


Book restoration chick, Brooklyn, has stumbled upon yet another dead body. Her latest project involves a book she gave to her best friend and his fiancée three years ago. When her friend tragically dies in a car accident, the book is stolen from his grieving fiancée. Fast-forward three years, the book has shown up and there is now skepticism over whether or not her friend died all those years ago.


This is the first Bibliophile Mystery I’ve read. I didn’t know how much I would like it since I know nothing about book restoration. I consider this to be a “quick and dirty” mystery, perfect for escapism. If you can deal with the macabre, this is for you.

© Cori Endicott June 2012

What They Don’t Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

What They Don’t Teach You in LibrarySchool by Elisabeth Doucett

  1. pg. 26: Tips for Partnering:
    1. Don’t ever go into a situation thinking “What can I get out of this?”
    2. Keep Records (so you can keep track of people and important info)
    3. When you meet new people, find some way of following up with them after you meet them.
    4. Find a way to follow up in the future.
    5. Don’t be afraid to connect people that you meet through networking.
    6. Pg. 31: Develop an elevator pitch; 30 seconds or less
    7. Pg 32: An elevator pitch is important because it allows for motive examination and being able to articulate those motives.
    8. Pg. 103: Tools Used in a Situational Assessment:
      1. Assessing the Library
      2. # of people through the door
      3. Circulation of materials
      4. # of programs offered and # of participants
  2. Assessing the Library Compared to Other Libraries
    1. Same factors as above, but just comparing them to other libraries
  3. Assessing the Library within the Community
    1. Survey users to gauge general satisfaction
    2. Survey nonusers to find out WHY they do not use the library
    3. Feedback from key stakeholders; public: board of trustees and Friends organization staff; academic: faculty
    4. Library SWOT analysis:
      1. Should be derived from facts and data; not perceived information
      2. If a fact does not fit into Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, or Threat, then it is not important enough for the situation assessment