Demon Summoning! You got one in your basement, now what shall we do with it!?

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    Melissa Bleier

    Say I have the skills to summon a Demon.
    There he (it? she?) is all honor bound and hanging out.
    What am I going to do now?

    WELL. I’ll tell you.
    I have moved across the country twice, and worked a total of like five jobs in two states, in four cities (it is a _long_ story) over the last year. So you know what the Demon is going to do for me? My taxes.
    That’s right. A little research to figure out which one understands all these forms and which one can handle taxes from two states, health care stuff, unemployment, how to correctly write off moving (twice) for jobs… and that’s the one I want in my basement!

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    My demon will do the cleaning. Particularly washing, folding and ironing my clothes. Maybe some work around the house that I’ve been putting off, like painting the walls (with paint, not blood).

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    Melissa B.

    Ah!! Brett that is an excellent plan! Also, be sure to stipulate “not with blood” when you are making that contract!!

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    JD,If the public doesn’t read signs, then they’re in relaly big trouble because in BISAC based libraries, that’s all they have to indicate the book’s location. A big sign over the general area, and within that, every book becomes essentially a mini sign with it’s subject heading label.The idea that this system empowers patrons and helps them find what they want more easily is a false one. Since I work in a library like this I can offer specific examples. A woman came in looking for books about birthday parties. Where in the BISAC subject heading system do books about birthday parties fall? Answer: Crafts and Hobbies.A woman came in looking for books about Asperger’s Syndrome. Where in the BISAC system do those books fall? (Our branch elected not to use the MEDICAL heading.) Depending on how the subject is treated, the books fell in either HEALTH, HEALTH/DISEASES, FAMILY/PARENT, and PSYCHOLOGY. A high-school student came in looking for scientific books on dreams and dreaming for a school report. One was in HEALTH, another in TEEN/SPIRIT, others in BODY/MIND/SPIRIT. Most were not scientific, but she’d waited until the last minute Also, in Dewey all the books would have been next to one another and not been scattered throughout the nonfiction or throughout the ranges.The point is that only in the simplest circumstances does this BISAC system work. A book about how to train your dog is probably going to be in PETS/DOG. But it doesn’t work in so many other instances. Where do you look for books about what to wear, what type clothing suits your body type? ART/FASHION? HEALTH/BEAUTY? BUSINESS/CAREERS? You might laugh at the last suggestion, but that is precisely what Baker and Taylor assigned to one book about what to wear to the office for women. For the matching men’s book it put it in ART/FASHION. Starting to see the problems?Where are books about the Civil War? HISTORY, HISTORY/U.S., HISTORY/MILITARY, HISTORY/U.S. SOUTH? More likely than not there are books in all those areas. Dewey had them all together in ONE location. How’s that for efficient browsing ?It seems like the real issue is the lack of willingness on the patrons’ part to learn how to do good, efficient catalog searches-and I admit it is a complex skill that requires some education and a good deal of practice to do well. It’s a skill that should be taught beginning in elementary school and all the grades to graduation not just during the research paper portion of the senior year.Proponents of BISAC seem to want to do away with the catalog and rely on intuition. Yet, the examples I gave are not intuitive. You must go to the catalog. Even in instances where you think you know where to go, what happens when you get there and everything is checked out? Don’t you want to look for available items in other branches or to put checked out items on hold for yourself?People get frustrated searching card catalogs because, despite appearances, they’re not web pages and full-text search engines. They’re databases, and must be searched as databases. Teach these skills to students, and there is no need whatsoever to reorganize the library. They’re also skills the patron can take anywhere and will stand them in good stead for the rest of their information seeking lives.

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    I absolutely loved the first book, Im going to die of boderom waiting for the 2nd of sep to roll around:( I really like the cover for the new book it really contrasts with the first. I really cant decide which guy I like the best, but I hope there’s more about the demon hunter Ori, I also hope she does get to speak to the tv show peole CAN’T WAIT FOR FORBIDDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s going to be fabulously wicked awesomeness !!!!!

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