Cat. & Reference
"In the library system, patrons are assisted by two separate yet equally important groups: the catalogers, who organize the information; and the reference librarians, who assist patrons in finding the materials they’re looking for. These are their stories."
(Actually, these are mostly cataloging stories, since I don’t do reference work so much – and then strictly pro bono. But I can’t resist the opportunity to be clever, on occasion.)
So, I’ve been working at this cataloging job for about two months now, and I have to say that I really love it. Almost sickeningly so. It turns out that I really like new books, especially more academic or highbrow books, and . . . that’s what I catalog for 10+ hours a week. I still get excited every day about all the new books to catalog (unless it’s a truck of boring engineering books or obscure gift books – I’m all about obscurity, but it’s hard to find high-level matching records for some of these books). The excitement will probably wear off eventually, but for now I have the tendency to go in to work every day and say something like “Look! New books to catalog!” (My coworkers tolerate this behavior, for now.)
Also, the books I catalog often remind me of people I know. Here’s a brief list:
Bollywood : sociology goes to the movies / Rajinder Kumar Dudrah.
Southern Fujian : reproduction of traditions in Post-Mao China / Chee Beng Tan.
Signs of logic : Peircean themes on the philosophy of language, games, and communication / by Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen.
Medieval obscenities / Nicola McDonald.
Tolkien in translation / Thomas Honegger.
The Big O:
The encyclopedia of trains & locomotives / C J Riley.
Krushchev’s cold war : the inside story of an American adversary / Aleksandr Fursenko; Timothy Naftali.
(I’m glad that I finally spotted a book for Optimistic.; I was quite concerned at the lack of Soviet-era history books being acquired by the University of Illinois library system. In retrospect, many of the books acquired are probably in Russian, and are thus going directly to the Slavic library for cataloging.)
Isidore van Kinsbergen (1821-1905) : photo pioneer and theatre maker in the Dutch East Indies / Gerda Theuns-de Boer & Saskia Asser ; met bidragen van Steven Wachlin.
(This is a really beautiful book of photographs taken in Indonesia.)
Discovering sexuality in Dostoevsky / Susanne Fusso.
Also, I found one more book that reminded me of someone, but this book is such a good match for this person that I think I’m actually going to give it to them as a Christmas present, so I’m not including it here.