Oh man!

I missed the UC Davis Student Farm okra cook-off! OMG! this is the only link I can find, but I was assured by a farmer at the farmer’s market — where I was buying okra! — that it had happened… last week.

Items of amazement:
1) There is such a thing as an okra cook-off
2) It is in the town where I live
3) I missed it!

Shoot! I know that I would have garnered at least an honorable mention with my truly great fried okra.

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I am reading about encyclopedias. As far as I can tell, the book I’m currently reading was last checked out 17 years ago. It was published just over forty years ago.

I love academic libraries. I wonder, sometimes, which of the books I buy will last that long. Not those on programming languages, most likely; I wonder what will.

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8 Responses to Oh man!

  1. mindspillage says:

    At my old university they used to write names in the book along with the datestamp. I enjoyed getting books that had some long time ago been checked out by a professor of mine. There were also quite a few the library had for 10 years that no one checked out before I did…

  2. brassratgirl says:

    yes… that’s not so uncommon in big universities. The rule of thumb is 20% of the collection gets 80% of the use. Of course what this means varies a bit; in a lot of public libraries a lot of books get tossed after a couple of years when they are no longer popular, but in academic libraries they hold on to stuff for the long haul.

    That’s cool about the names; I remember that from libraries when I was a kid but have never seen it in a college.

  3. jtglover says:

    Novels! And academic monographs that become standards…

  4. netsirk says:

    Our library used to write names and home addresses in the backs of the books! I found those when weeding the Q-Z stacks this past summer.

  5. reddragdiva says:

    I thought that was normal. If it isn’t, your library isn’t big enough.

  6. brassratgirl says:

    yeah, but I don’t buy novels 🙂 ’cause I suck! Heh. The stuff I buy generally has a useful shelf-life of maybe a decade or two, depending on the topic.

    I was just looking through a batch of books that were donated from the guy who founded the EE dept. here; bunches of engineering monographs from the ’40s and ’50s, pristine condition. Pretty cool. I found a 1916 CRC handbook, too.

  7. brassratgirl says:

    home addresses! goodness. A more trusting era, I guess.

  8. rimrunner says:

    in academic libraries they hold on to stuff for the long haul

    We’re getting very, very picky about what we hang onto, partly because we’re out of shelf space. Also, unlike the big state U up the street (you know the one), preservation makes up much less of our mandate.

    We do have some things no one else around here does, because of my employer’s historical, cultural, and religious affiliations, but OTOH I have to tell that corporate chemistry library that keeps calling me that I don’t want those books they’re trying to unload. As far as I can tell, the chemistry department never uses any books ever.

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