Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Luddite, Being the Library's

Every library needs a luddite librarian. If your library doesn't have one, feel free to assume this role. Don't turn on your computer for weeks at a time, shun the online catalog, and fight tooth and nail to retain subscriptions to the paper periodical indexes.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had to look up "luddite".

Gus and Fer said...

Did you Google it?

Anonymous said...

Yah, hee hee.

unstricken said...

My favorite librarian/Luddite worked at my old library. Sometimes when I showed up to take over the ref desk, she would inform me that "the internet [was] broken."

tiny robot said...

Broken in half or shattered?

Anonymous said...

That's an old urban legend.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Although we had had the Library Catalogue online for fifteen years, allowing all the usual searches, our Reference Librarians insisted on putting the kibosh it by having a large part of their stock shelved in order of acquisition(!!!), with a Rolodex on the windowsill for you to search for the title you want (there were a lot of "T" for "The" and "D" for "Directory") so that you could find the number that should be on the sticker that they put on the spine of the book.

A similar situation was the bay of books they had shelved in order of height...

Anonymous said...

You're sh*t'n me!

Anonymous said...

Also, you need a serials librarian who refuses to respond to reports of trouble accessing e-journals by saying, "It doesn't matter if you can get the full text online, you should just use the print."

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, no, no...please...gasp, I can't read anymore this is so sad...(roll eyes)...