Main Reference Annex

Something else TPL needs somebody else to promote: The Main Reference Annex, a room behind the main desk on the second floor of the Reference Library that houses treasures people might otherwise want to steal or deface.

The items here aren’t always on the obvious topics. Yes, all the really nice fashion books are here, but so are history books by David Irving. But the combination of car-repair manuals and giant art books is killer, don’t you think?

  • Main Reference Annex sign


  • Antediluvian card catalogue. About as useful as a manual typewriter, but, like the latter, a nice object.

  • Jane’s has obviously updated its typography over the years. (Once.)

  • Original RCA Victor logotype.

  • Architectural Graphic Standards.

  • Row of Sam’s car-repair softcovers
    Row of Chilton’s car-repair books

    Sam’s or Chilton?

  • Giant Le Corbusier book
    ‘Damienhirst’ book on desk with sign reading Reserved for Annex material users

    Would you like some Corbu and “Damienhirst” with your HVAC?


Thursday links

  • At long last, you don’t have to type the full legal name of your city and its library system into your browser. (Assuming you know what a browser is.) The obvious short URL TPL.CA now works some of the time. (Assuming you know what an URL is.) To get it to work all the time, some rather complex .htaccess fiddling will be required behind the scenes. (Assuming you know what .htaccess is.)
  • Catherine Raine is still one branch short of donning the rose tiara for the 99-Branch Club. CBC interviewed her.

I’ve been putting off some longer posts. I put a lot of things off.

I had a nice chat with the branch head at Gladstone. Nice until I revealed my identity. I think I’ll just give up on doing that, how does that sound? I have all sorts of evidence that the higher up I go on the TPL org chart, the more freaked out people are. As an institution, these people don’t want the attention and insist they don’t need any help. I’ll be the judge of that.