Sunday, March 10, 2013

Untruth is Stranger Than Fiction

I am not surprised that some savvy Australian library patrons posted a sign that advised users that all books written by the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong had been moved from the sports designation in non-fiction to the fiction section.

Officially the librarians involved said the printed notice was just a prank and that an internal review of the incident was underway.  Somewhat stuffily they offered that “libraries cannot arbitrarily reclassify categories of books, because that depends on the ISBN number that is issued the National Library.”

Unofficially, however, one certainly hopes that the librarians had a good laugh about the prank in their own staffroom.

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