Friday, January 18, 2008

Ain't that the truth

I've just spent two and a half hours struggling to find some way to catalog a particularly obscure title from the International Society for Education through Art. I dragged one of my teammates into this mess with me, and when she gave up after about 45 minutes I went to the cataloging librarian. After finally figuring out what to do, he introduced me to Charbonneau's Law of Cataloging: the difficulty of cataloging an item will be inversely proportional to either the size or the intrinsic worth of said item. In other words, it's the unimportant or tiny buggers that give you the most grief.

1 comment:

Just Me said...

I SO understand. My hassle with the minutiae involve the spelling of a judge's name. None of my usual resources (state or county websites, legal citations, etc.) gave me anything worth trusting.

I ended up harassing the secretary at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. She gave me the spelling I needed and generously rattled off the name spellings for the remaining thirteen judges for my future reference, since they're not listed on the Workers' Comp website. I can find any other judge I want in this region, but not PA Workers' Comp.

I really need a life. I like some of these word verification spellings on the blogs. This time around, my word, "Aiarym" looks/sounds like an exotic translation of my name.