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Friday, October 12, 2012

Hindi na ba uso ang bolpen?


OPAC: Online Public Access Catalog
I was doing major shelf-reading when a student approached me to ask where the Philosophy books were. Now, it was my first day of work. I was so green I haven't even checked out the OPAC yet. But the Reference librarian in me prevailed and instead of directing him to the other librarians, I escorted him to the OPAC terminals.

"You know how to use this?," I asked.

"No."

"Well then... You know the title of the book you're looking for?"

"No."

"Author?"

"I don't know! I forgot."

A quick tirade was on the tip of my tongue already. I mean, how does he expect to find something he doesn't even know?! Fortunately there were three titles that was just simply "Philosophy" and one of the author's names rang a bell in his mind.

He stood there staring at the screen.

"Write it down," I said.

"I..." He then whipped out his Blackberry.

"Seriously, you do not have a ballpen? Are you really a student?," I asked incredulously. He just grinned at me and scurried off into the safety of the shelves.


kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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