PC Sweeney at the online librarian and library culture magazine, Makingithappen.us, recently collected a slew of photos of books with unfortunate barcode placements.
Everyone knows that we must rigidly adhere to the agreed upon institutional standards of barcode placement. However, sometimes that means that things can go terribly wrong. So terribly, horrifically and hysterically wrong.
Personally, I’m not sure how accidental some of these are. There must be a certain degree of tedium that sets in at the library when processing thousands of books, and what better way to amuse oneself on the job than turning Assassins in the Cathedral into Ass in the Cathedral with a strategic barcode placing?