[Bards] Ask a Librarian

iainmacc at juno.com iainmacc at juno.com
Sat Dec 14 06:05:20 PST 2002

        I promised I'd get back to all you folks on this subject, so
here's the result.

        The "librarians" at the Library of Congress have a time limit on
how long they can spend dealing with a given question from this "Ask a
Librarian" feature. I know it's at least three days, and certainly no
more than a week. If they can't find an answer for you within the time
limit, they email you and say, basically, that they give up.
        I found it more than a little amusing that something we all
consider "normal" (trying to find the history/origins of a given piece of
work) qualified as a "master's thesis" job in the opinion of the LoC
librarian (their words, not mine). However, to give credit where it is
due, she did give me several leads to web sites to help me find answers
on my own.

        The bottom line is, the results were mixed. She wasn't able to
answer my questions (dating the origin of "A Health to the Company" or
"Tiree Love Song"), but she was able to give me some leads that may or
may not prove useful in the long run.

                                      In Service,

                                              Iain MacCrimmon

                    Cave Tyranniam Timorium Suorum

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