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March 17th, 2005

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01:23 pm - the icy hand of demographics
Got word today Andre Norton has passed away. One of my favorite early authors, my grade school had five or six of her novels I read over and over again. Iron Cage was my favorite. Oddly enough I never read any of the 'Witch World' novels; couldn't tell you why, other than perhaps being unable to figure out or find which was the first one in the series, and being overly anal about reading series in order. But I think I read most of her other works.

As an aside, it would probably be entertaining (if largely impossible) to pull my old library records and see how they compare with what I remember reading. I have no idea how long libraries keep circulation records, and anyway this was well before bar-codes, online databases, or any real effort to associate circulation with particular patrons (beyond keeping track of overdue items) rather than with materials - at least in the small backwater libraries I was frequenting.

This is the penumbra of the boomers in the obits, I'm afraid.

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Date:March 17th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Most libraries don't keep circulation records, especially in the wake of the Patriot Act (though it's a lot harder to get rid of computerized data than most people suppose). I know the public system where I grew up didn't track paperback checkouts at all.
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Date:March 18th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
Interesting - I know at one point the Seattle Public Library would show you the history of holds you had placed for the last year? three years? but that seems to no longer be the case. The SPL site also mentions they purge their records once the materials are returned except in the case of fines. One presumes that if the fines are paid the information is subject to the normal sanitizing - or should that be hopes?

And yes, the deletion question usually is: did they actually overwrite the information, or did they just tell the computer to forget where to find it? Only they (or your handy computer forensics technician) can say...
Date:March 18th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
The New York times had a Obituary for Andre Norton today. Which reminded me of the title of the first science fiction novel I ever read, "Daybreak-2250 AD".


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