Sunday, July 17, 2011

A service we didn't know we were supposed to provide

A few days ago a citizen came in and asked to speak to a supervisor--which turned out to be me.

He said that forty years ago he had donated two copies of his novel to the library, and he was surprised to find that when he recently sent some friends here to look at it, it was no longer in the library.

Apparently the librarians of yesteryear had promised to put it in the "archive" and keep it forever, but they neglected to tell us about it...

7 comments:

HL said...

Which means it got weeded about thirty years ago because it had never circulated and no one could remember why it had ever been added to the collection :-p

Marian The said...

Just so. :-)

A. Librarian said...

Future Librarians: 0
Past Librarians: 1

Oh well!

momdgp said...

I was once told by a woman that a. we had the book she wanted, b. it was archived, in c. our basement.

a. we didn't. No one in the consortium did either (mostly because it was published in 1859!).
b. we don't have an archive.
c. we don't have a basement.

InfoBee-yotch said...

Sounds like the book in question was archived in the trash can. Frankly, I thinks that's funny.

Emma said...

Did you tell him that it must have been worn out by being circulated so that was why you didn't have it anymore?

Marian The said...

Ha! I should have!