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WTFIWWLP? [Jan. 26th, 2006|09:57 am]
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In the last week at the library, someone has been clearing random shelves of the books that are supposed to be there, collecting books all of one color, and then placing the same-colored books on the cleared shelf. Thus, you'll be in the cookbooks, and all of a sudden there are 30 lime green books from the gardening, engineering, biography and German Lit sections, then the next shelf is cookbooks again.

The first time it happened, it was odd, but I assumed it was a prank. However, in 5 days, it's happened at least four times that I've heard of (Yellow, pink, and green are the colors so far; 641.5, 709, 823 and somewhere in the 100's are the dewey numbers that have been hit) and I'm beginning to wonder if someone doesn't have some severe OCD. Whatever reason they have for doing it, it's costing us a fair amount of staff time to fix it when we find it, and it's getting annoying. You think it'd be easy to notice someone walking back and forth among the stacks with books all of one color, but we haven't, yet. And if they're moving one book at a time to avoid getting caught with an armload of pink books, we'd likely notice the pacing/wandering to that one spot as someone that's either lost and needs help finding a book, or is possibly up to something or just pacing through the library because they're neurotic, or high.

The sad thing is that once they're caught, they'll be banned from the library for a year, even though rearranging books is a pretty stupid thing to lose library privledges for (as opposed to an offense that might be worth the risk, like stealing books or smoking crack in the bathroom).

cue William Tell Overture:)
I've named the villian the "Tome Arranger", since nothing helps an annoying situation like a bad pun.
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[User Picture]From: ltmurnau
2006-01-26 06:15 pm (UTC)
Probably some Visual Arts student being all "conceptual".

Put a sticky note on one of his/her "arrangements" asking for an Artist's Statement.
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[User Picture]From: anais_pf
2006-01-26 09:57 pm (UTC)

Conceptual Art Project

I was just thinking the same thing.

Oh! And instead of putting all the books back into Dewey Decimal order, maybe you can keep the colored shelves as an art exhibit for a while. Seriously. It sounds like art to me.
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[User Picture]From: haineux
2006-01-26 10:27 pm (UTC)
One of the local homeless people has run out of meds.

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From: alfvaen
2006-01-27 04:14 am (UTC)
I now feel the urge to do this.

Also, consider: it would be a rational system of categorization of the people who said "I'm looking for a book about..." were outnumbered hugely by the people who said "I'm looking for a book coloured..."
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2006-01-27 07:03 am (UTC)

yeah, but try that elsewhere--

I long for the day that other public service people get this, and I bet they're a lot less polite about it:

(at home depot)
"I need a screwdriver"
"flat, or phillips? what size screw?"
"I want one like the one my roommate has. It's got an orange handle"

or
"doctor, the baby is making a funny sound"
"can you describe the sound?"
"It's unpleasant."

or
"Officer, I want to report a hit and run"
"what kind of car hit you?"
"A blue one".
"I'll put out an APB immediately"
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2006-01-27 09:28 pm (UTC)

Medication

"I ran out of pink pills, so I got more pink ones at the store. They're a different shape though."
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2006-01-30 06:43 am (UTC)
I received your e-mail, and attempted to reply. Unfortunately, a mailer daemon politely told me that it could not deliver my mail to you, that it was a permenant error, and that it was very sorry.
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