Monday, February 23, 2015

Suppp* (for Support, Supplement, Supply, etc.)

Today’s typo is definitely another that fits into the category of “abundant.” Suppp* appears in the records for 43 English-language titles in the OhioLINK database (50 total records), and in WorldCat, the numbers are even higher: 771 in English, and 1,070 altogether.

If hunting and correcting typos in your library catalog strikes you as slightly fussy, consider also the process of ordering library processing supplies, particularly for media materials. I am tasked with this responsibility in my library, and in an era when so many things are electronic, all those CDs, DVDs, and kits can be downright demanding when they’re not shelf-ready. How many pieces does that case hold? Will it accommodate a large accompanying book? Can it be customized for non-standard combinations? You get the picture. It takes a certain amount of patience just to wade through the media supplies section of your favorite vendor’s catalog.

And if I’ve now made you feel that fixing those typos isn’t such a big deal, my work here is done!

(Jewel Case, from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

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