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The Lighter Side of Document Delivery, Part 4

Perhaps I am the only one who gets a chuckle from these things. Maybe my brain is wired to be incredibly easily amused. Or could it be that all the years of cropping and OCR’ing hard copy scans has warped my mind? Whatever the case, here are some more handpicked highlights from actual orders we’ve received over the past few months, for part 4 of this lighthearted blog series.

–“During CPR, push hard and fast and please do not stop!” Resuscitation; 82(12) 2011 Dec:1475-6, Yannopoulos D, Halperin HR.
No reading of the article necessary—the title says it all! Message received, loud and clear. Talk about a life saver.

The Journal of Applied Rabbit Research.
Because, I have a lot of questions about rabbits…. Like that expression (“rabbit, rabbit”) that you’re supposed to say on the first of each month, for good luck—where did that come from? Can rabbits be trained like dogs? How much meat does a hunter actually get from those little furry things? And how did the Easter bunny get dragged into this?

Textbook of Pain, 3rd ed.
It sounds like something from a book-smart bully’s insult repertoire… As Billy the Bully, a menacing 5th grader, wails on an innocent 2st grader, he poses, “Which entry from the Textbook of Pain do you want? Black Eye, Broken Bones, or Supreme Wedgie?”

–“Anti-stress and antidepressant effects of fragrances and autonomic nervous system” Komori , 2008. Aroma Research 9(3):202-207.
Smell is oh so powerful! It can transport you right back into a memory from decades ago… so imagine the potential to be unleashed if you use smells the right way. Thankfully, Aroma Research: Journal of Aroma Science and Technology has been on the case since 2000; and the client who ordered this document probably learned some invaluable stress-relieving aromatherapy tips and had a wonderful day after reading the article.

–“Notes on a warty growth on the head of some land snails.” Journal of Science of the Hiroshima University Series B. Division 1, Zoology; 3, 1935:159-183, Taki, I.
What a riveting read! Especially the part about experimenting with castration to see if that affected the warty growths. In all seriousness, it was surprisingly interesting—I can see why the author felt compelled to study this irregularity among snails common in Kyoto.

–Somebody ordered an article from the periodical, Bat Research News, on Halloween weekend! It was the one and only time we’ve seen a request for that journal.

Please keep sending me these oddly specific, somehow amusing highlights of my days!

-Melissa Freeman, Director of Delivery

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Prolific Pens

As with anything, absolutes are hard to state with 100% certainty. But we CAN talk about some facts that we do know, and the word on the street is that these authors have written A LOT of stuff in their lifetimes.

L. Ron Hubbard (The L stands for Lafayette) holds the record for most published works by one author: 1084, from 1934-2006. In 2014, Hubbard was cited by the Smithsonian magazine as one of the 100 most significant Americans of all time. He first established himself as a science fiction and fantasy writer, and later developed his (in)famous Dianetics, publishing numerous related books which have become the “guiding texts” for the Church of Scientology and other affiliated organizations.

Kathleen Mary Lindsay (aka, Mary Faulkner, 1903-1973) was an English romance novelist who often wrote in South Africa. The Guinness Book of World Records ranks her as history’s most prolific novelist, who wrote under 11 pen names, some of which include Margaret Cameron, Hugh Desmond, Mary Richmond, Molly Waring. Lindsay wrote a total of 904 books, two of which are There is No Yesterday and Wind of Desire.

Open up an Agatha Christie novel and you’ll find this impressive blurb: “Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.” That’s quite a mouthful, but her repertoire of popular books stands up to the hype. According to this article, she’s “slightly less popular than God.”

What about bots? They write everything! Somewhere around 8 ½% of Wikipedia articles are written by one computer program. Associated Press, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times have been using algorithms to write short articles, business reports, and up-to-the-minute news updates. With the nascent NaNoGenMo (National Novel Generation Month) movement, a copycat of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) meant just for computer algorithms, we may yet see a non-human sweep this category of most works authored by one person.

Since we’re talking about bots, here’s a just-for-fun test: click this link and see if you can tell what was written by a human, and which was written by a bot. If you want to see how many hundreds of books were penned by other authors, continue reading here.

Spring is Here!

This year’s Spring Equinox will occur at precisely 6:29 a.m. on Monday, March 20 (Pacific time; Northern Hemisphere). Earlier sunrises and later sunsets? Birds a-chirpin’ and flowers a-bloomin’? Yes, please!

For most of us, the Spring Equinox just means that another season has arrived. But to scientists, and astronomers, and even interested lay people, it is a fascinating thing. For example, did you know that increasing sunlight triggers bird song? And that blooming crocus flowers used to indicate it was time to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach? Learn something you didn’t know, here.

One, Uno, Eins…

One is all it takes. One email, that is. Have a handful of documents you need retrieved? Go ahead and send them our way in one email. No need to send one email for each citation. Or, if you prefer to use the online order form, you can include them all on one form submission. The form includes spots for 10 citations, but you are always welcome to include additional information/citations in the “special instructions” space at the bottom of the order form. You can easily cut and paste a list here. Or, better yet, directly attach a text document to the online order form submission, and you can include as many citations as your heart desires.

More questions about our streamlined document delivery service? Get in touch. We love to chat.

Book Club Bonus

Book clubs are great excuses to read more and spend time with friends. For our own Search & Acquisitions specialist, Lauren Scott, she really does not enjoy reading; so she uses her book club as a motivation tool to read more. We’ve blogged about all the creative ways book clubbers keep their meetups interesting, especially the foodies’ favorite trend of eating and drinking along with the characters (think Lembas bread for Lord of the Rings). And we’ve blogged about the evolution of the book club. Now we’re here to talk about yet another clever construct available to enhance the book club experience: a companion ‘maker space.’

Instead of cooking all the meals Elizabeth Gilbert enjoyed as she ate her way through Europe in Eat Pray Love for your next gathering, why not have a separate session afterwards to have a hands-on crafting session for something story-related? Perhaps make a personal scrapbook (just as Ms. Gilbert could have done with her travel memories), or sit down to write and decorate a love letter to a friend/partner (Gilbert fell in love on her travels), or have everyone in attendance bring their favorite international/European recipes and create a themed group cookbook with everyone’s contributions.

Depending on how willing and skilled the host is, the projects could get quite elaborate. Just imagine the companion crafts that could be created with, say, a steampunk novel (think wood, gears, metal), non-fiction/DIY books (build a boat, anyone?), historical fiction (sew an old-timey dress and pretend you’re the protagonist), or mystery (host a murder mystery dinner).

This idea works just as well for children’s books. Take Green Eggs and Ham for example. Eating some (dyed) green eggs and ham is an obvious option, or talking about pigs and where ham comes from (think lots of drawing), making big floppy paper hats that say “Sam I am,” or drawing on some eggs that parents can take home and cook up, preferably with ham, of course.

Anything along these lines is fair game, and tons of fun. Let your creativity be your guide! What book would you like to read and how would you structure your companion maker space?

Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Ahead

You wouldn’t want to be late to work on Monday, now, would you? Set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time on Saturday night before you go to bed.

NOCALL 2017

Will you be at the Northern California Association of Law Libraries Spring Institute 2017 at UC Davis on April 1? We will! Be sure to swing by our booth and say “hello.”

The meeting should be an informative collection of presentations ranging from “how CA regulations are promulgated” to “how to research CA regulatory history,” and more issues regarding streamlined research processes.

Interested in attending? Curious to learn more about the lineup? Check out the web page here.

 

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