Friday, September 5, 2008

more details than you realize


I am so exctied to have this book on my dresser! A few weeks ago, Whitney emailed me about a post on black*eiffel (a blog we both know and love) about a photography book on libraries. As soon as I saw it, I wanted the book but didn't want to pay freaking £50 for. Fortunately I have access to one of the best libraries in the United States, and I promptly dropped everything I was doing to go check it out. But that Saturday night, the library was closed. So I went the next Monday morning and looked for it, but it wasn't there. I talked to the Humanities Reference desk and they couldn't find it either. They told me to check back in a couple days to see if it resurfaced. But it didn't. The next time I returned they told me I could use interlibrary loan, but when I did that, I got an email a few days later telling me I couldn't use interlibrary loan because our library "already has this book." Finally, I had to do a trace. The Informations Commons people filed all the information and told me they would email me if they ever found it - but it would probably take a couple weeks. But yesterday, I got an email telling me they had found it! So I rushed up to the Circulation Desk, they told me to go to the General Information desk, they told me to go to the 5th floor Humanities Reference desk, and the 5th floor Humanities Reference desk was closed. So after a lot of effort on my part, I finally got the book this morning.

If any of you actually read that, I'm impressed. It's very dull, but serves to prove a point:

You know how sometimes you work really hard for something, and then when you actually get whatever it is you're working towards, you are disappointed? This book is nothing like that. This book is one of the most beatiful things in the world, and I am so glad I tried so hard to find it. It was totally worth it.

1 comment:

  1. that looks like an awesome book! does it just have pictures of libraries? i love that you went to so much work and finally got it! by the way, when are you coming to IF next? we REALLY need to get together!!

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