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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

To a young ass, its mother being tethered

I have had this conversation three times so far this week, with slight variations in vocabulary.

"What does it mean when it says that an item at Glass Road is marked: 'Unavailable for reservation; at old site.'?"

"It means that the item is unavailable for reservation because it's been left behind at the old site."

"So we can't reserve that item?"

"No. It's unavailable for reservation."

"Why is it unavailable for reservation?"

"Because it's been packed away in one of the boxes piled up at the old Glass Road site. It'll probably be coming back here, everything else does."

"So I could place a reservation on it and then when the boxes are sent to Helminthdale someone could look for it in the boxes and then send it to us."

"No. These items are not available for reservation."

"So what happens if a borrower wants to reserve it?"

"If you choose to borrow a set of keys, go over to the old site, open up, rummage through the boxes, take the book back to your library -- having tidied up and locked up behind you -- then discharge the book on the circulation system and thus make it available for reservation then I can't see that there's anything I could do about it."

"I can't understand why we can't reserve these items."
The answer to this last is either "because you're too stupid for words" or "yes you can but you don't like the answer." I should let gentler souls than mine decide on which.

1 comment:

Webrarian said...

In my experience, the next conversation goes like this:

"What was the book you wanted, anyway?"

"Harry Potter and Half-blood Prince."

"Why are you trying to reserve that copy when there are plenty more in stock?"

"Oh, are there? How do you know that?"

There is a slight variation which goes:

"What was the book you wanted, anyway?"

"An Introduction to Table-napkin Folding."

"Did your borrower say they wanted a book published in 1962?"

"No, but it was the first one in the list on the catalogue."