Monday, November 18, 2013

Two Worlds Collide

Information desk
Riverton Public Library
Riverton, WY
November 2013
Something is amiss (especially in a library) when a perfectly-good dictionary is being used to elevate a computer monitor.

I find this scene a disturbing collision of two worlds.


16 comments:

  1. That is just crazy isn't it. I guess I can't remember the last time I opened up a dictionary instead of using the internet.

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  2. Know how you feel. I had the change of the times shock a couple of weeks ago when we went into the Lander library and saw the card catalog file being used to hold brochures.

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  3. I know... as a retired teacher my go-to information sources are books. One day I told my granddaughter, "Let's look it up in the dictionary." Her response, "Actually Granny, I was thinking we could just Google it!" She was so right... faster and easier, but I just don't think that way.

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  4. I find my spelling is worse now that I use computers spell check.......

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  5. I suppose it is a dictionary but I prefer to believe that it is a Final Fantasy Compendium or some such useless information.

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  6. As a book lover it is sometimes hard to see the change. But I'll also admit that I'm quicker to google something or use dictionary.com that to walk over to grab my Webster's from the shelf.

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  7. Some changes...just don't sit right!!

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  8. I was hoping you were going to tell us it was an art sculpture entitled, "When Worlds Collide."

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  9. Have you read Patricia Polacco's children's book, Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair? She must have visited this library!

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  10. Have you seen the desk built entirely of books? I found that really strange:(

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  11. When I was young, we sometimes used our very thick dictionary as a booster seat or step stool, but we also used it for its intended purpose.

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  12. I loved Aunt Chip. Personally I was thrilled when digital catalog came in as I didn't have to file all those darn cards any more. However, some libraries don't get the full info on the records so sometimes you don't get the synopsis. I still make a point of checking out books as I want the library to continue to exist.

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  13. The other day my son was looking up a word in a desk/paperback dictionary and he still didn't understand the word, but the dictionary was too small (American Heritage) to provide sentences for each word. So after looking it up in the paper version, he had to use the magic of the interwebs to get a sentence for context. hehe.

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  14. I kind of felt the same way about the card catalog going away. I have to admit, I have not used my dictionaries in a very log time.

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  15. What a shocker of a thing to be happening in a library! This is just not right.

    Linda

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