Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ministry of Reshelving puts 1984 in its proper place

Two bloguers/pranksters, along with The Ministry of Reshelving, launched an effort to put copies of George Orwell’s 1984 in its appropriate section in bookstores. They recommend moving the famous book from the Fiction section to the Current Events section. As a librarian, I salute them.

From the rules set:

1. Select a local bookstore to carry out your reshelving activities.

2. Download and print "This book has been relocated by the Ministry of Reshelving bookmarks and "All copies of 1984 have been relocated" notecards to take with you to the bookstore. Or make your own. We recommend bringing a notecard and 5-10 bookmarks to each store.

3. Go to the bookstore and locate its copies of George Orwell's 1984. Unless the Ministry of Reshelving has already visited this bookstore, it is probably currently incorrectly classified as "Fiction" or "Literature."

4. Discreetly move all copies of 1984 to a more suitable section, such as "Current Events", "Politics", "History", "True Crime", or "New Non-Fiction."

5. Insert a Ministry of Reshelving bookmark into each copy of any book you have moved. Leave a notecard in the empty space the books once occupied.

6. If you spot other incorrectly classified books, feel free to relocate them.

7. Please report all reshelving efforts to the Ministry. Email your store name, location, # of 1984 copies reshelved, and any other reshelving activities conducted, to reshelving @ Photos of your mission can be uploaded to Flickr, tagged as "reshelving", and submitted to the Ministry of Reshelving group.


Blogger djoubi said...

I'd love to do that... I used to work at the public library, and part of the job was ensuring books were properly shelved, Dewey classification system and all.

If at least I had had the pleasure of knowing a book was purposefully relocated, or if I had been able to determine the profound reason behind each occurence... (sigh)

I still know one or two former co-workers there... (devilishly evil laugh) :) I'd relocate all Barbara Cartland novels. There's a bunch of them... all meant for the trash bin! All Harlequin's and Daniel Steel, too. It's not personal... :)))

Not much of a statement compared to using 1984 ... With the above books, I feel more like Farenheit 451... Burn, baby, burn!

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