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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's the cat's whiskers

An entirely reasonable request from somebody who was putting together reading lists for last week's Science & Engineering Week:

"Is there any way of tweaking the catalogue so that the 1950s editions of The Radio Engineers' Yearbook don't feature prominently in the first few pages when you do a subject search for 'engineering'?"

Sadly, not without replacing them with the manuals on colour TV decoding techniques and P.A.L. systems from the 1960s. I don't know why we have these items in stock: it's not like we have a full run of The Radio Engineers' Yearbook nor that these are areas covered by Subject Specialisation. Truth be known, they are remnants of unconsidered trifles.

"Can't we just get shut of them?" I ask.

"Oh no. People are always asking to borrow them."

They must be habitu├ęs of some part of this library that's still on Browne Issue then.


The Topiaryiest Bunny said...

Don't know which is stranger, that something that old hasn't been de-accessioned or that people borrow them.

Bunny suspects a money-laundering system being used under the covers of the 1950 Radio Engineer's Yearbook.


Kevin Musgrove said...

There is no proof that any of them have been borrowed any time after 1973.

We have them for the same reason we have 1980s Water Board reports in the Reference Pamphlet Collection.

The Topiaryiest Bunny said...

Bunny is frightened of your reference pamphlet collection.

Very, very frightened.


emu said...

I've seen their reference pamphlet collection, including the Transport Planning Interim Report of 1972.

Scared doesn't begin to describe it!

Kevin Musgrove said...


Did you find the 2nd Report of the Admiralty Advisory Committee on Structural Steel in there? It's older than me!

emu said...

Kevin you are having me on!!!


emu said...

Soz Kevin it's true: I found it in the Pamphlet File.

Come up and have a look at the file. It would be worth your while!!! (-;