Found a wooden book in the stacks
Questions! I have them!
- This looks old. How long ago did someone hide this joke in the stacks?
- Reference section! More evidence that print reference is dying?
- Librarian, library staff, or patron? I thinking someone who worked in the library given the spine label etc.
- Why that call number/title/ etc.?
Sadly, my questions were answered (by a Facebook friend of John’s), and it’s way less exciting than I hoped. It’s a book dummy used to hold the place of an in-use reference item so other browsers would know it existed — an outdated practice in modern libraries, but in this case one somehow survived on the shelves. With a sarcastic scrawl on the front.
Interesting history! What will you do with it now?
I knew this! (That is all.)
Tumblarians, do you still use book dummies in your collections?