Saturday, April 20, 2013

Exciting Talking Book About Ales!

This one came through on hold for someone recently, and tells the tragic story of the conflict between seeing what a Library item actually is and a Library's penchant for consistent, useable labeling. The actual title is "SO, YOU'RE NEW TO SALES" which is massively less interesting to me than what I first thought was the title. I wouldn't mind knowing more about ales as I had a couple really good ones in London once. The weird stuff up in the barcode is just to protect the identity of the library system and thus of the technical services staff who have generally been kind and responsive to me.


  1. Hmm...I can see this labeling as a systemic issue: Once, the UPS store put the label OVER the PO Box no. I had so carefully scribed with my Sharpie. The box still arrived. Thinking on these terms, I would however like to applaud my pharmacy, and probably all pharmacies, that do not cover over the refill no. with the name and prescription itself. One wrong number and you never know what you could be ingesting! You might show up to work all whacky and a lot stronger than you were the day before. But you're title mistake there is whimsical! Maybe the library should purposively do it, so that books will read like "her in the Rye" and "of Adrian Mole" or "kill a Mockingbird." And what if magically the entire novel were to change according to the title?

    1. grapes,

      it would maybe be "kill a kingbird" actually i like your whimsy idea, and it's like a puzzle. I can't think of any good examples, but if my blog had readers it would be fun to see all the super clever title cutoffs people came up with in the comments section at your instigation. i mean hundreds of thousands of readers, all clever, though maybe not as clever as my few readers i have now with names that are like fruits.

  2. Dear Clerk Blogger. There is a note saying, "Your comment will be visible after approval."

    I am wondering who does the approving? Or have you covered that in one of your posts? If not, I recommend doing so, as it would be interesting. Who gets to decide if a comment is approved? Have any comments been unapproved? What would warrant unapprovement?

  3. hello reader grape arwweewweerr! this is an automated res... no, just kidding. i will answer your query! i approve every comment personally in advisement with my, er, advisory committee. actually, i changed it all so that comments just post right away, but i have to approve them if they are for posts more than a week old, like this one, just so I know what's going on down here in the backwater of my blog. go ahead, comment on a new post and it will show up right away! nothing has not been approved so i don't know what i wouldn't approve. i think you should try to test the limits as a, like, experiment. i feel we could both learn much.


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