How To Make A Secret Hollow Book

How To Make a Secret Hollow Book

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One other library/book/publishing anecdote for the day…

I was working on our patron requests this afternoon and someone had requested a book with a French title and which Bowker Global Books in Print showed as being only available in French.  But everything else I saw about the book indicated that it was in English even if I couldn't find 100% confirmation. 

Finally I said “I know who'll know for sure” and called the publisher in Toronto.  I told them I was a librarian in Saskatchewan and what my question was. 

There was the briefest of pauses and then “Fucking Bowker!  They never get anything right.”  (Man, sometimes I miss working with publishers.  What other world would gain you a response like this over the phone? Hilarious.) 

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    My partner is doing her Masters in engineering right now. There is one major difference I've noticed between herself — with 15 years experience as a project manager/engineer/civil servant (simultaneously) — and her colleagues: When they find a great article they study it (and occasionally some works on the bibliography) until they are sure they understand it. When she finds a great article she phones the author to have them explain it and give her suggestions as to how it would fit in with her research.
    It is never a bad idea to call the primary source.

    Posted 02 Aug 2007 at 1:42 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm with Kate completely – I did the same thing (called the primary source) for my very first 503 RQ.

    Posted 04 Aug 2007 at 1:46 am
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