Sunday, 9 November 2008

My favourite shelf

at work is labelled "Books that do not exist". It is rather full at the moment.

5 comments:

mamacrow said...

I'm dying to know whats on it now?!

Allie said...

Books that don't exist, of course. There are always a few, you know.

All it really means is that there is no entry in the catalogue for an item with that copy number. But the system gives this "does not exist" message - hence, books that do not exist. We've been turning them up while we do a big re-tagging job.

mamacrow said...

ah, after I typed I realised that it must be books that aren't catalogued (for whatever reason)

but I was kind of hoping for missing shakespeare plays, or undiscovered Agatha Christies, or that 3rd winnie the pooh book that was never written etc

Allie said...

Oh, that would be good - secret books.

I always think it is an invitation to some sort of philosophical debate.

mamacrow said...

i'm an Angela Thirkel addict, and in one of them, some duke or other is doing up the library and redoing the false door that has dummy books on...

and everyone helps in making up 'nonexistant' books, like new titles by Dickens, etc...

the conceit mentioned by one of the characters being that maybe if you came into the library at midnight you'd be able to take the book from the shelves and read it...