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Condition/Processing Fail

This category addresses those Awful Library Books that have a problem with condition or poor processing.

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Cataloging Fail

They're All Writers cover

“They’re all writers” : teaching peer tutoring in the elementary writing center

Jennifer Sanders and Rebecca L. Damron


Submitter: We are a University library, dedicated to Education curriculum and teaching methods. This title and subject are perfect for our students who are preparing to become teachers in the K-12 system. Unfortunately, someone needs to go over filing rules with the jobber who catalogued and processed this. Our call numbers use the first two letters of the author’s last name and the first letter of the title. Apparently “ counts as a letter now. I wonder if it files after @ but before *. Off to our in-house cataloguer for fixing and reprocessing.

Holly: I’m curious to know if this style of call number is standard practice anywhere else? Was it auto-generated and the computer didn’t know any better, or did someone purposely choose ” instead of T. Cataloging fail of a really useful new book, for sure.


Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter coverBlack Lives Matter
Edwards and Harris

Submitter: Here is a brand new book on display! It is shiny and new and deals with current events. The barcode sticker obscures the first part of the title, though, so its content is not exactly clear at first glance. I appreciate the uniformity of always having the barcode in the upper left corner, but this unfortunate covering of title (or sometimes author) is a frequent problem.

If you have read at all about #alllivesmatter vs. #blacklivesmatter, this sticker placement becomes even more unfortunate. Here is an article from USA Today in case you have never heard of this hashtag controversy.

Holly: Forget uniformity. The barcode works just fine in empty space on the cover. There’s no reason to put it right over the title. This is a pet peeve of mine. This is especially unfortunate because you don’t know if someone was being passive aggressive with their sticker placement. Patrons pick up on the strangest things sometimes, even when it is completely unintentional.

Mary and I worked in a library with a movable “Fairy Tales” sign in the youth department that had slid about a foot to the left of the actual fairy tale collection, resting directly above religion. The 398s in that library were just a few shelves from the 200s. A patron was absolutely incensed that we would label religion as a fairy tale, and would not accept that the sign had simply shifted a bit over time from its intended location.

Thankfully, as you can see in the first image below, every single book in this series has the same barcode placement. That probably rules out sabotage. Unfortunately, the whole collection is now ruined.

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Assroom Classroom

Classroom in a book coverAdobe Premier Pro CC
2015 Release
Classroom in a Book

Submitter: I swear we didn’t do this on purpose. Also, I’ve taken to singing the title of this series (Classroom in a Book) to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell anytime I refer to it. Now that’s stuck in your head, too!

Holly: Ha ha! I love these little sticker mishaps. Just a half-inch to the left and it wouldn’t have obstructed the CL in Classroom. It’s a perfectly fine book. Keep it. Even passive-aggressively leave the sticker in place if you like. I would.



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