Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I could not write books without them.

The interlibrary loan librarians.

Even more heartening is [the] observation that interlibrary lending is "the only professional service I can think of in which the provider pays the cost." The faith our libraries show in the ability of that service to somehow, someday, contribute to a greater good is remarkable, and yet usually goes unremarked.

The greatest resource sharing our libraries practice is sharing their faith in us.



Blogger Carol Maltby said...

"the only professional service I can think of in which the provider pays the cost."

I suppose that in the broader sense you could say that prostitution fits that description as well.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...



Your "broader sense" is too broad for me, I guess.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Carol Maltby said...

In the sense that prostitution has long been popularly known as "the oldest profession," and that it is more likely to hurt the prostitute rather than the customer, and thus you could say the prostitute "pays" for it.

Nothing directly linked to inter-library loan (yay!) or libraries (which are temples), or sacred sex in or out of temples (which may or may not be libraries or book stores). :)

6:34 PM  
Blogger fyreflye said...

If you'd like to find the books you're looking for yourself here's the latest online resource:

I've found librarians don't appreciate any coaching about where to locate your ILL requests, but sometimes it's nice to know that the book is findable.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous sandy said...

thanks for posting this. (w/ regard to the location of items, often an algorithm in worldcat creates the request list of libraries, which is a little metaphysical.. stuff just shows up from wherever)

12:28 PM  

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