Saturday, August 09, 2014

Miss Information is annoyed by people who judge books (etc.) by their covers

Customer: I saw a book in the mall and I want to check it out from the library. 

Miss Information: Ok. Was it in a bookstore or something?

Customer: I don't know. Somewhere in the mall. 

Miss Information: Ok. What do you know about it? Did you notice the title?

Customer: It was called Turn but the N was backwards. 

Miss Information: There's a tv show called Turn, about the American Revolution, could it be a DVD that you saw?

Customer: Nope. It was definitely a book. 

Miss Information types "Turn" into the catalogue.
This results in a billion hits. 

Customer: The N is backwards. Try that.

Miss Information explains that cataloguing doesn't do fancy things like backwards Ns because no one would find anything that way.

Miss Information: Maybe we can narrow it down by subject. What was the book about?

Customer: I don't know. 

Miss Information: Um. Oh. (She plays a hunch and goes to IMDB where she pulls up the listing for the television show. What a surprise--the poster uses a backwards N.)

Customer: That's it! That's it!

Alas the DVD for that show is not released yet. Miss Information tells him that perhaps the library may have it in the future but she doesn't know.

Working in the library Miss Information knows that things sometimes just catch your eye but suggests that you take a moment to see what it is you're looking at before coming to the library and requesting it. Some details would be helpful too. "That book with a blue cover I saw on the bus" is not especially useful information.


At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why exactly would someone bother to go to a library to request a book without knowing anything about it, even the topic? Is that some strange subliminal effect of the backward "N"?

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous David B said...

Hmm, I wonder if Amazon address this situation...

Can you blog on this:

The City of Santa Monica, California has moved it’s Public Libraries to the long abandoned, and un-American, subscription based model charging fees to lend and fees to use if you cannot prove City of Santa Monica residency. They do this because the City has horribly mismanaged their pension responsibilities.

Now the poor of Southern California, including the thousands of low-wage workers (and their families) that staff the City’s substantial number of hotels, restaurants, and retail are denied access to lending and internet access without paying substantial subscription rates or daily use fees.


At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps your patron was looking for Turn's source material: Washington's Spies. Which has been re-issued with a Turn tie-in cover.

At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Marlow said...

You don't need to care about it, and everyone. Just pay for essay and keep calm


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