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There used to be a bakery in Birmingham, Alabama called The Oven. It sold Reuben sandwiches on pumpernickel the size of regulation footballs.

The bakery went out of business.
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It's been a while since I've worked in a DDC library, so I don't remember many specific numbers. But I've retained quite a bit of LC.

The librarians should know better than to reveal their contempt to patrons. That's basic. It's occasionally understandable, but concealing it is essential professional practice.

That said, patrons often ask to be pointed in the general direction of things that don't exist in a library collection. Ask a practical matter, "Where is your science fiction section?" can't be answered in an LC library. But a good reference librarian knows how to handle these situations.
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Let me rephrase that. The speech and comic are self-righteous and directed at college students who may be naive. It suggests that there's something unseemly or inadequate about working for profit.

And Watterson is essentially telling students "follow your dreams." That' nice, but it should come with the addendum, "...but take into account the likelihood that you can practically achieve those dreams and prepare accordingly."
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