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Poster: firstname.lastname@example.org (Craig Levin)
Tristan de Roquelaure:
> Anotehr problem I have with the libraries, with the new
> computer data bases that they have, is if you do a key-
> word or a subject search, and you get a list of 500 books,
> and you go throug them all jsut to find that MAYBE 5 of them
> actually ahve anythong to do with your subjest beyond a minor
> mention of like 3 words.
That's a matter of discovering how to finesse the subject
headings. It's not that hard, once you look at a DCC or an LCSH,
which any library of any signifigance ought to have.
I work with web and databas searches on a constant basis, and
believe me, what most people need isn't how to make a search more
general, it's how to make it more specific.
> Or the books that you REALLY need at "loaned out" at the time,
> and I always have teachers that think that you can write a
> complete essay over a 2 day period, with something like 5 news
> articles, 3 encyclopedias, and numerious other accurate sources.
If it's loaned out, there's always a chance that a recall can
yank it back in time. As to the time problem, I can't speak; my
advisors often wanted the impossible, and I delivered what I
could; that's the fun thing about college.
> I've actually had more of those than I can count on my fingers
> and toes, and you go looking for this stuff, and, SURPRISE,
> it's never there, not what you need!
Since when did anyone tell anyone else that Murphy's Laws stopped
at the library door? Not a librarian, believe me.
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