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Books Culled by Libraries

June 3, 2012

"thoughts from the corner"

Experienced Tutors‘ would like to welcome back Professor Serendip for this post, continuing his examination of books lost and books encountered.

In his last post (27/06/12) he wondered: ‘Will digitization mark the end of books with pages’. I thought about this recently when giving home lessons in GCSE English. The father of the tutee offered me an iPad for use in the one to one lesson. I thanked him but refused, saying that I had all I required, in my folder, on paper.

After I left the English lesson I started to mull over the ‘March of the Tablet’. I am sure that in the not-too-distant future I will be working with an iPad (other tablets are available!). I envisage that my all my GCSE Theatre Studies notes, Study Skills notes, etc will be neatly stashed away, on a motherboard, inside a piece of plastic. No more handing out out freshly photocopied handouts; these pearls of wisdom will somehow be ‘flirted’ from my tablet to the tutee’s. I guess many a tree will exhale a grateful sigh.

"home lessons"

Other tablets are available

"home tuition"

Professor Serendip

A miscellany

Excerpts from

Books that have been unnecessarily culled by librearies

Books that have been serendipitously encountered

Books that need to saved for browsers

Wakudeki

Carmen Blacker, The Japanese Enlightenment/A study of the Writings of Fukuzawa Yakichi (Cambridge U.P. 1964)

‘Wakudeki’ – This is a useful term for something obsolete that is mindlessly retained. A simple example of this can be seen in the non-functioning buttons on the sleeves of a jacket. Sometimes the notion might be applied to the full stop after the title of a book on the title page of a Victorian book.

Carmen Blacker’s book offers the best introduction to the term wakudeki.

‘Wakudeki was the term Fukuzawa applied to the habit of continuing to value things which had outrun their proper time and had become irrelevant to the existing facts of life. It was wakudeki, for example, for the samurai of the Tokugawa period to continue to value the swords they had forgotten how to use and which they hardly ever bothered to keep sharp, merely because during the medieval civil wars swords had proved useful and significant as a means of self-defence.’

"sociology lessons"

Prof. Serendip will return in the near future with his thought-provoking take on the disappearance of the paper book and encounters therein.

Home Sociology tuition and one to one English lessons with the use of electronic tablets may be the the thing of the near-future but how long before the iPad is wakudeki!

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