Tuesday, 29 November 2016


At Dunedin Public Library I lose track of my family when they go into the toilet, so I hang around at Information.

A staff member asks if he can help me with anything. Why yes. Is there a way to use the computerized catalogue to obtain lists of books written in the various languages?

“Oh no,” I am told, as if that were quite impossible and out of the question. “We can do a search for a particular book using keywords, but the language that they are in is not one of them.”

I find this strange, and say so.

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