Asked the Librarian

Here is the IM exchange that I had with the Library of Congress “Ask a Librarian” online service. I had used the service to inquire if they had both the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser for July, August, and September, 1961.  Part of the response caught me off guard.

I though from the wording that there may be a 1961 Honolulu newspaper housed there.  However, when I was at the LOC and asked the fellow at the desk he became very confused, and didn’t seem to know what I was referring to.  He said that there was likely a contemporary edition there.  I said, “OK, I may be mistaken, it seemed as though the person had meant a 1961 edition”.  He didn’t let it drop, though, asking me four or five times more what had been “said”, and kept asking if I recalled the name of the person answering my online question.  He seemed a bit more concerned and upset by this than would be usual once a patron had indicated that it wasn’t a problem, and that they may have misunderstood.  I was more surprised by his peculiar reaction to the question and to the mention that I had gotten the “information” from the service, than I was to be told they didn’t have the newspaper.

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