Oh, My, God, Becky, Look at Her Books!

Bumper sticker spotted today on the ODU campus, outside my building.

Also, what would be a good way of meeting this person without being all stalker-y?

Today’s adventure: headed to the Perry Library for a copy of William Rathje’s Rubish! and tracked the one copy down to a part of the building under renovation. The hallway was sealed off with heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape. It reminded me of the end of some X-files episode, you know, the one’s where Mulder and Scully wind up quarantined from an ancient virus? There’s literally like this slit floating there for the workers to enter in and out of. “Hello?” I called into to the work area, but everyone was on lunch. And I can see into the area with the books and they’re all on moveable stacks.

So I’m thinking I could just get my book and nobody would know the difference, but then I’d have to rearrange all the stacks to get it. I was checking out my surroundings to see if anyone was around me and nearby I found an office with people in it. Now with librarian in tow we headed into the work area and the guy is giving me a tour of the construction. Once we get to the stacks we can see that each individual moveable stack cart is wrapped in heavy sheeting.

So we’re pressing the plastic up against the stacks trying to find the TD973’s, move all the stacks wrapped in plastic, and then press the semi-transparent plastic up on the spines of the book. I tell him, “We’re going to need a pocket knife,” and he takes out his key chain and just gauges it open. “Aw its probably around here.” Reaches in there and pulls out my book.

I like librarians.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is Project Cataloger at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and currently working on a CLIR ‘hidden collections’ grant to describe the museum’s collection of early 20th Century photography. He has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in information science from the University of Tennessee.