libraryjournal
libraryjournal:

missrumphiusproject:

uispeccoll:

thepinakes:

thepinakes:

johnxlibris:

Found a wooden book in the stacks

Questions! I have them!
This looks old. How long ago did someone hide this joke in the stacks?
Reference section! More evidence that print reference is dying?
Librarian, library staff, or patron? I thinking someone who worked in the library given the spine label etc.
Why that call number/title/ etc.?

Sadly, my questions were answered (by a Facebook friend of John’s), and it’s way less exciting than I hoped. It’s a book dummy used to hold the place of an in-use reference item so other browsers would know it existed — an outdated practice in modern libraries, but in this case one somehow survived on the shelves. With a sarcastic scrawl on the front.

Interesting history!  What will you do with it now?

I knew this! (That is all.)

Tumblarians, do you still use book dummies in your collections?

libraryjournal:

missrumphiusproject:

uispeccoll:

thepinakes:

thepinakes:

johnxlibris:

Found a wooden book in the stacks

Questions! I have them!

  • This looks old. How long ago did someone hide this joke in the stacks?
  • Reference section! More evidence that print reference is dying?
  • Librarian, library staff, or patron? I thinking someone who worked in the library given the spine label etc.
  • Why that call number/title/ etc.?

Sadly, my questions were answered (by a Facebook friend of John’s), and it’s way less exciting than I hoped. It’s a book dummy used to hold the place of an in-use reference item so other browsers would know it existed — an outdated practice in modern libraries, but in this case one somehow survived on the shelves. With a sarcastic scrawl on the front.

Interesting history!  What will you do with it now?

I knew this! (That is all.)

Tumblarians, do you still use book dummies in your collections?