A Reflection on Tool Pick Ups

This has been a busy year for the newly formed Guelph Tool Library. We have managed in a very short time period to put together an interesting selection of tools, set up our location (123 Woolwich Street), develop our website/database and begin lending out tools. As our library is made up almost exclusively of donated Read more about A Reflection on Tool Pick Ups[…]

Adventures in Collection Development

One of the toughest things to decide on for a community-minded, volunteer-run library is a collection development policy. I say for “a community-minded, volunteer-run” library with reason. Authoring a collection development policy is relatively easy for a more institutionalized library; the collections development librarian takes a look at his/her budget and says, “We’re drawing the Read more about Adventures in Collection Development[…]

It’s Different From Books

Greetings, all! As the Guelph Tool Library’s one and only Librarian I felt the professional obligation to blog about my experiences setting up a library that was so different from any I’d previously managed –so different from most libraries managed throughout the history of librarianship. All my previous experience was with books and media of Read more about It’s Different From Books[…]

August 20, 2016 Repair Cafe

The first Guelph Repair Cafe was held on August 20th, 2016 at St James the Apostle church from 9 to 1. Volunteers helped fix broken and damaged clothes, jewelery, bikes, electrical appliances, wooden items, etc. Article about this event on Guelph Today. The Cafe also featured a Swap Table where participants brought items in good Read more about August 20, 2016 Repair Cafe[…]