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  •  At my library's book sale last year (3+ / 0-)
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    I found "The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide" in the travel section.

    My librarians are hoopy froods.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 04:36:41 AM PST

    •  Ha, ha, ha, I had forgotten about this, but when I (3+ / 0-)
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      worked in a library in while I was in high school in WV, in a very small town, someone requested that the library purchase "this book."  Our lone librarian, nearing retirement, did so, but cataloged the books as travel (we were still doing Dewey at that point).  I was sort of torn as to whether to mention anything to her, but I finally did mention that these were works of fiction, and might best be shelved by author's name. God, I had totally forgotten about that.  There's my cheer for the day.

      •  As a former public school librarian, I'd have (1+ / 0-)
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        thought if he/she were unfamiliar with it (and didn't have the basic instinct to scan it or look for the DDS number whixh was in the past only sometimes inside the title page) he'she would have put it under astronomy.

        Oh well, I'm sure at the retirement party you just wrote: "So long and thanks for all the fish." Or perhaps gave a present of Vogon poetry.

        •  Being out of her little realm, I don't think she (0+ / 0-)

          even opened the book except to cover it (which eventually I took over, as her hands just became too old to cope).   Sadly, I was away at school when she retired, so I just sent a note, and received a really lovely letter from her in reply.  But as for her choice in placement, I think the word galaxy meant less than guide, with her maybe thinking, "Oh these young kids, traveling all over these days."  This was a long time ago, clearly.   Ha. Can't help it, I'm still laughing over that memory.  

          And am I remembering incorrectly, or did a few books, not even come with numbers?  Excluding fiction, of course. I do remember that some even came with their own little cards for the card catalog, so that we didn't have to type them up.  [I kept working at that library, among others, over several summers while I was in school. We did eventually, under a new librarian, make the switch to LOC.]

          •  I wouldn't be surprised at that. (1+ / 0-)
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            I watched a mother pass up a really cheap used DVD of The Land Before Time today solely because she couldn't think what anything 'before time' could possibly be.

            Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

            by Cassandra Waites on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 02:50:59 PM PST

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