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April 01, 2004

The value of a complete bibliography

There is a story that roams around the IU Bloomington campus. It is passed from one doctoral student to another through whispers and furtive glances. The story, dare I say myth, refers to the Graduate School Library fire of 1969. Excerpted from Indiana University Library History 1960-1969:

On May 1, 1969, before occupation of the new library building [which opened on June 2, 1969]...[fire] broke out in the graduate library's location in Franklin Hall. A May 29, 1969 article in the Indiana Daily Student... [stated t]he May 1 fire resulted in $600,000 worth of damage, and, according to State Fire Marshall Charles Hill, was the result of arson, in which a flammable liquid was poured up and down the aisles' (Indiana Daily Student, 22 May 1969, 2).

In the whispered story the fire is rumored to have destroyed the doctoral student carrels that existed within the library. In those carrels were the students 3x5 card files that contained their carefully constructed bibliographies: citation information, notes, and quotes, possibly even copies of articles. Years, literally years, worth of work destroyed. As this was a paper process, the only way to reclaim what had been lost was to reconstruct, a process that would also take years. The myth ends with at least a couple of doctoral students killing themselves because they had lost so much work, their life's work. Archival pictures of the library reading room: Picture 1 and Picture 2.

As a southern Indiana native I have heard this story for most of my life. I vaguely remember first hearing it in the early 1970's when our local Carnegie library was demolished and a new architecturally significant library replaced it. Certain facts of the local situation paralleled the IU story - an old historic library was to be moved to a new building. And so the suspicious local German families, of which I am an offspring, feared a repeat of the situation - having once occurred in the region, the bad karma would of course migrate to another site and repeat itself. There was no local fire.

Now as a doctoral student, I can begin to understand the work that goes into amassing a complete bibliography and the dejection that would accompany the loss of the product of that work. I've thought a lot about the old IU Library Fire myth as my Reference Manager entries have neared 3000. How would I feel if suddenly, through no fault of my own, all that work was gone? I'm not the suicidal type so I doubt that would be the outcome. But it certainly would be a completely depressing experience, which of course is why I have multiple layer of backup to protect that work. Once I have version 11 installed I will be putting the entire file online for easier access and to protect my work from disasters.

We have clearly come along way from those 3x5 cards of 1969, or 1977-1983 when I used them as an undergraduate. But the work remains the same. Doctoral students still read, make notes, digest, cross-reference, and write - lots of reading and writing; all of this to build a lifetime bibliography; in the case of the electronic programs, a linear track of where you have been - at least from a citation standpoint.

Posted by prolurkr at April 1, 2004 10:10 AM

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