OPEN, ORKNEY ROOM and ODD THINGS
Keen observers may have noticed we have skipped a week. This was due to our inability to see the screen through the tears of woe from losing our esteemed leader to retirement last week. Finally our wet squelchy faces are more normal looking and the public feel it's safe to come in again.
For we are OPEN! Yes, unlike mainland Scotland, Orkney is currently* in Level 3 which means that the Library and Archive can remain open. Our opening hours are here and you have to book in advance.
The reason you have to book in advance is so that through emails or telephone calls we can establish what sort of archives or Orkney Room books you would like to see. Then we can make sure the items you request are sitting on the table by the time you come in. So your time here can be used up by looking at the items you want to see, rather than having to search for them. This method also reduces the interaction between staff and visitors on the day of the booking.
Our local studies room has been redesigned so that visitors are well spaced out.
Excess furniture has been removed so that there is room to move around while keeping your distance from other visitors.
We allow browsing of the shelves, and ask people to leave any books they have touched on the quarantine table.
Used books are set aside for 72 hours before being re-shelved.
|L8555-2 PHOTO Probably the parade in celebration of the Coronation of King George VI on 12th May 1937.|
*fingers crossed this status doesn't change by the time I publish this on Monday 25th January..
** VOC = Very Orcadian Colleague.