The Librarian of Serendip

boxesSo you think life here is all skimming from the new arrivals pile?  Not so.  The non-blogger and we have been packing books preparatory to The Great Disruption.  Sometime between now and July 1, every book not in the 1903 stacks has to be removed from the shelves and boxed for the movers to pick up and store on the last Saturday of the month.

Sunday’s packing found us clearing the shelves of the Library’s great run of Atlantic magazines that begins with volume 1.  The early volumes are in terrible shape, but by the turn of the twentieth century the Library was ordering up nice stout buckram, so things are a little less messy.

Why do we keep a run of magazines that exists other places, and why do we not go the microfilm route?  Because with real bound volumes you can do as we did, open an 1894 volume, and chance on a biting piece about civil service reform (Cincinnati’s George Pendleton and Rudd Hayes were v. interested) by the young Theodore Roosevelt, which kind of accidental discovery is what libraries are really about.

Microfilm really is the devil, by the way.

-Nemo Wolfe

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