Monday, May 14, 2007

The D.C. Public Library in all of its glory

In doing a search on the D.C. Public Library's online catalog, I came across location categories including: Assumed lost, Claims lost, Branch closed until mid-February 2003, Gone Astray, Gone Astray between branches, Gone Astray for a Long Time, Lost, Lost and Paid for, Material Long Overdue, Missing titles Discovered in weeding, Undergoing repair, Unknown. As for the item category, my personal favorite category is: Brief titles entered on the fly. All of this makes a lot more sense if you visit the MLK main branch.


Michael Blaine said...

So, what is the cause of this symptom, and what do you propose for the DC library system?

John said...

yeah Elaine, I'm sick of people just sitting around bitching and moaning about "Missing titles discovered in weeding." If you aren't part of the solution you are part of the problem.

John said...

Seriously, though, "brief titles entered on the fly" makes me think that library science is more badass than we had previously imagined.

Elaine said...

Ahaha, true. Time for me to reevaluate my library science biases.

Michael Blaine said...

I want to point out that I've entered a new comment on the Feb. 13, 2007 post regarding a delusional Ben Stein:

Michael Blaine said...
Ben's main problem is that he thinks corruption in America is new, when in fact it has a storied tradition, dating back to Tammany Hall, the Teapot Dome scandal, and earlier.

Heck, the Dutch swindled the Indians out of Manhattan for just a few beads.

Corruption is part and parcel to life in the New World!

3:40 PM, May 15, 2007

Michael Blaine said...

As for the slogan of this blog about historical repetition, I would say this about the Bush Administration:

"Those who repeat history are doomed to learn it."

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