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What a Good Idea!

5 Apr

Last night I stopped at a library in an adjacent county to grab I book I had requested. I stood in front of the reserved shelves for quite a while, looking for the “R” section. A librarian wandered past and I asked her to help me.

“The ‘M’s’ are there, so the ‘R’s’ ought to be here” I waved my arms at the shelves, “but I just don’t see them What am I missing?”

“Oh, they’re right here”, she replied, and bent over to indicate a shelf near the floor. “They are listed this way”, and she pointed up and down.

A-B                         G-H

C-D                         I-J

E-F                         L-M, etc.

I thanked her and remarked that the books in my county are arranged straight across the shelf, “the way you do with Dewey numbers.”

“Oh! That’s a good idea! I’ll have to suggest that”, and she zipped off into the office.

To quote the Late and Unlamented, I never heard of such a thing.

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