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Erroneous error correction

Smith, A. (1983) Erroneous error correction. New Library World, 84 (2002). p. 198. ISSN 0307-4803

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Abstract

[FIRST PARAGRAPH] Libraries have been using computers for years now. Many librarians are not mystified by mega-byte-sized jargon and take MOP-buckets in their stride. Nonetheless those black boxes can still come up with a surprise or two. I know a library which has just installed a new issue system (it hardly matters which brand, since this is just a cautionary tale). This computer has been told to capitalise each word in the book-title (machines don’t have to write in CAPITALS now), which looked a little odd when it came to Richard Iii. It was also given a list of stop-words (The, A, Le, La … ) which are not searchable, frustrating anyone looking for titles like A B C of … or A E Houseman or books by Mr Das or Ms Lo. On one occasion the index ‘slipped’ overnight and to look up SMITH one actually had to enter TNJUI.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of an article published in New Library World. This paper may not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Academic Services (Leeds) > Library (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 17:21
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/939

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