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Tagscomedy (73), fantasy (65), alternate reality (51), borrowed (42), Discworld (37), read 2008 (33), love (32), friendship (30), feminism (27), not read (27) — see all tags

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About meI currently live in Cambridgeshire and am a librarian in an academic library. I am studying for my MSc in information and library studies via distance learning and am very interested in information skills and resource awareness. I am passionate about uniting a library user with their required relevant information. My current research interests include user information seeking behaviour and serendipity in the stacks. I find history and literature a constant fascination; I also have a keen interest in the history of the book and Germanic culture.
I listen to music and enjoy going to gigs, I find creative writing extremely therapeutic and I read widely in order to broaden my mind and escape into other worlds.
I like to travel and experience different cultures. I enjoy contemplating folklore and our explanations for the mysteries of the Universe.
I like cats, and schnauzers, and it is my aim to someday provide a home for one. Other than all that, I like watching Dr Who and Heroes, alternative comedy and hammer horror films, good red wine, talking with my husband and my friends, and generally questioning the universe.

About my libraryI've stopped entering new books so this library reflects what I owned and had read circa Feb 2009.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Ask LibraryThing, Awful Lit., Build the Open Shelves Classification, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, English majors!, FantasyFans, German Library Thingers, Gothic Literatureshow all groups

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Hi mrsradcliffe,

You might remember that about 100 years ago we had a conversation about D H Lawrence.

I thought you might be interested to know that on a recent family outing we went to Brinsley Headstocks, an area near to us that has quite some significance for Lawrence afficianados - Brinsley pit was where Lawrence`s Uncle Jim died in a rockfall, an incident he drew on for Odour of Chrysanthemums and the Widowing of Mrs Holroyd.

The area would be worth a visit for it`s natural beauty alone, but as the name implies, the original headstocks from 1875 have been restored and put back in place. There are many pictures of then on the web - they are an astounding site, and are a well-known `photographer magnet` - but if you`re happy with the work of a pair of `gifted amateurs` with a cheap Argos digital camera, then you might like to visit my blog at, where our efforts can be viewed, plus a few comments of my own and links to some relevant sites etc (plus a thinly-veiled attempt to plug our business, though that wasn`t my prime motivation).

Best Wishes,


PS: My LT catalogue is designed to be a classified catalogue if you set your viewing preferences so that the firstt sorting field to be the Dewey field. I have been hesitant to say this on my profile page, because I am afraid that might stir up the Dewey copyright police!
Yes, I have become somewhat addicted. I have catalogued, not only my books on my shelves, and my DVDs, but also digital files I have downloaded. And as an in-hibernation DJ I'm planning to put my CDs and vinyl on as well. My library is both kind of a generalised motley collection plus a couple of areas where I have an in-depth collection. My profile page goes into that more.

I have been interested in classification since even before I considered librarianship as a career. I think being exposed to classification practices that are more widespread outside the U.S. has been a real help. It started when I worked as a student in a special library focused on the earth sciences that used the Universal Decimal Classification, both for shelving and for the classified subject catalogue, something almost unheard of in U.S. libraries, but which our patrons liked. Then I learned about the Bliss classification, which I think is the best one out there so far, conceptually speaking. I tried contacting them a while back to become a member of the B.C. Association, but never have heard from them as yet. I think the Secretary of the Association is at Sydney Sussex College, Cambrdge, which is one of the libraries that uses Bliss.

Nice to meet another classification enthusiast. For years I thought I was the only one (almost)!
I read your intro in the Build the Open Source Classification. I'd be interested in hearing more about the local scheme you mentioned.
Hello mrsradcilffe - yes you can. Thanks for asking. Until I read that thread I never even thought of putting tags out there for other people! As I said in the thread, too, I'm amazed that other people don't tag their books by location of some sort.

I'd be interested in seeing your paper if it's something you can share...

Good luck!

Have you read Tristram Shandy yet?

I bought it, I think, after hearing that a rather obscure French book that I love is based on it (Jacques le Fataliste et son Maitre). I may possibly have been influenced, also, by Harriet reading it on the beach at the start of Have His Carcase...

Then I didn't get around to reading it for about five years. Finally I went to see the film A Cock and Bull Story, loved it, decided I'd been procrastinating long enough - and blasted through the book in two days. It's near the top of my list of "classics that don't count as classics because they are too much fun".

And if you're only just discovering Sayers - I envy you! I ran out of unread ones a few years back, but am finding Lois McMaster Bujold is fitting the same sort of mental slot (only with spaceships).
Dear Mrs. Radcliffe:

Saw your post about reading Busman's Honeymoon. Here's the comment I put on the What You're Reading page:

#119 - mrsradcliffe Busman's Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions is one of my favorite Sayers. It is actually the culmination of several books with Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane and you might want to consider reading the first meeting of the two first: Strong Poison. I forget the order after that, but there are several with both of them together and at least one with just Peter Wimsey with references to Harriet Vane.

I envy you discovering Dorothy Sayers and having all her wonderful books ahead of you!
Thank you so much for the information. That does let me know quite a bit more than I did know! I will look at the link and see what other resources I can find for some informal training. I appreciate your time!
Hi - read a post in the Talk section where you were talking about LC classification and cutter labels. I want to use LC to organize my books, but know very little except for what I downloaded of the classifications. What are cutter labels? And, if you know, why are there extra codes separated from the main mode by a space, or a decimal and space such as .B76 in the label BS551.3 .B76 2001 (I figured out the last is the date). Are there simple "instructions" anywhere that you know of?

Kelly Lee
hey so you've been studying latin as well...i am lately cataloging lots of 18th century latin dissertations and find the "anagram" Q.D.B.V. at the head of the title. any clue what that means? i can't for the life of me figure it out!
forgive me, forgot to mention that i, too, am trying to learn latin from scratch, so i sympathize. you are right - much harder than it seems. i catalog lots of latin stuff these days, so i'm learning rather by trial-and-error.
hey cool, sounds like we have a lot in common. i'm a huge 18th/19th century french lit fan as you may have already determined but i'm also just getting in to nautical/maritime lit. oh, and then there's the red wine:) have you had any rare books cataloging classes?
Just an all-too-hasty note to say "thanks" for your replies re : D H Lawrence. It`ll be interesting to see what (if anything)others come up with.


Yes, I am a Mrs Radcliffe fan; in fact, I'm about to reread either [The Italian] or [The Mysteries of Udolpho] (haven't made my mind up yet) for this reading challenge.

You're another distance learner! I don't know how far in you are, but I'm sorry to say I find cataloguing on LT to be excellent displacement activity from writing essays on collection policy (or what have you...) I cannot bear to throw books away either, and as a result I have to reshelve them all every couple of months. I've got to stop buying them... but how can I?

From a brief look at what you've got, I think we will share more books once I do my next bout of uploading!
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