Marginalia FINED

April 3, 2012 § 4 Comments

An unlikely conversation:

 

From:     Library Circulation <library_circ@byu.edu>
Subject:     Library Book Damage

Date:     April 2, 2012 10:42:28 AM MST
To:     Tara Boyce <taratboyce@gmail.com>

Dear Tara Boyce,

Thank you for returning the book “TITLE” to the library on April 2, 2012.
However, this book was returned with pencil markings.
Please contact me with any information you have about this incident or if it occurred previous to your checkout.
Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

[Name]

Appeals/Mutilation Secretary
3445 Harold B. Lee Library

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From: Tara Boyce [taratboyce@gmail.com]
Subject: Re: Library Book Damage

Date:     April 2, 2012 10:49:28 AM MST
To:     Library Circulation

Hi [Name],

To be honest, I’m not sure about these markings. Some of these markings are probably mine, although I can’t tell which ones are mine. How does this work? I can come erase the pencil markings if you’d like.

Sincerely,

Tara

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From:     Library Circulation <library_circ@byu.edu>
Subject:     Library Book Damage

Date:     April 2, 2012 10:59:28 AM MST
To:     Tara Boyce <taratboyce@gmail.com>

Dear Tara Boyce,

Thank you for your prompt and honest response!
Unfortunately, we do not allow our patrons to erase pencil marks from our books for doing so often damages the book even further.
We have assessed the damage fine to be $5.00.
Would you like to come in and make sure that the markings were done by you (because we don’t want you to be held accountable for another patron’s markings), or are you sure enough for us to go ahead and charge the fine to your account?

Sincerely,

[Name]
Appeals/Mutilation Secretary
3445 Harold B. Lee Library

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Too lazy to come in and positive that the markings are mine (I always was), I respond:

From: Tara Boyce [taratboyce@gmail.com]
Subject: Re: Library Book Damage

Date:     April 2, 2012 2:12:28 pM MST
To:     Tara Boyce <taratboyce@gmail.com>

You can just charge it to my account. (Although, someone will benefit from those markings, I’m sure. Great thoughts.)

Tara

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Ps. Forgive me, Library. For CONTRIBUTING to the conversation:

 

 

 

 

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§ 4 Responses to Marginalia FINED

  • Trickmasterthong says:

    Hahahaha is that really the actual book??

  • Anonymous says:

    This is my life. Seriously, it is like they are infringing on an academic right! Academic censorship! Please, don’t have an intelligent conversation in our library books. Are you freakin insane? Way to cramp my annotationary style and stifle my conversation that could solve world hunger.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your last response should have been “Oh, I’ll just put an extra $5.00 on my tithing slip under the ‘Other’ category and specify that it is to be used towards the safe removal pencil markings in HBLL books that are payed for with tithing funds. That way I can at least write it off on my taxes as a charitable donation rather than a education expense.”

  • elyssa says:

    my new goal in life is to be a mutilation secretary. just sayin’.

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