WILL UNWOUND #751: “Things Overheard at Catalogers’ Cocktail Parties”May 7, 2012
It’s that time of year when you have to decide if you’re going to shell out a thousand bucks to go to ALA annual. Here is the conventional wisdom: Are the programs worth it? No. Are the committee meetings worth it? Heck no. Are the social events, vendor feeds, and cocktail parties worth it? Now you’re talking.
Snippets of Conversation I Have Overhead at Cataloger’s Cocktail Parties at ALA:
- I’d like you to meet Heloise. She’s doing some very interesting things with semicolons.
- Then after I asked myself the question “What am I living for – the Serbo Croatian Cataloging Round Table or me?” – I decided that I really couldn’t separate the two entities.
- “Hi, I’d like you to meet Phil. He’s sort of the added entry of my life.”
- Oh, didn’t you hear? Fred died last February. They put a copy of Dewey in his coffin.”
- Harold and I have been going together for 6 months but we haven’t quite decided if our relationship should still be classified under “ephemera.”
- The baby arrived last month, but Richard and I still haven’t been able to agree if his last name should be Snodgrass-Klotz, Snodgrass Klotz, Klotz-Snodgrass, or Klotz Snodgrass. There really should be an AACR2 manual for naming babies.
- My wife doesn’t understand me. I told her that I am a cataloger and that if she wanted more conversation she should have married Jay Leno.
- To me a mixed marriage is when a reference librarian marries a cataloger.
- I think I’m in love with Arnold. His main entries are rather unimaginative but his added entries are very creative, if you know what I mean.
- Don’t look at your relationship with Bill as a marriage, look at it as a long running serial with daily updates.
- My 12 year old son wants to be a big league baseball player but there’s still hope for my 10 year old daughter. She says that she lives for the day when she can create authority files.
- My orientation? I swing either way…L.C. or Dewey.
- Oh I love it when my boyfriend, Terry, talks Dewey to me in bed.
- So these people show up from the county health department and say that they are here to check for a dirty database.
- I need a vacation. Everything’s beginning to look like a 333.333 to me.
- Because of my cataracts the only thing they let me catalog anymore are the Large Print Books.
- Hi, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Ella. Are you a monograph, serial, or festschrift kind of guy?
- So when Virgil asked me to marry him, I said “Yes…I am ready to hyphenate.”