[00:00.00]Listen to a conversation between a student and a librarian.
[00:05.23]Student: Hi, I need to get into special collections, in particular the British Literature.[00:11.01]I was working with some of the William Blake books.
[00:13.60]Librarian: Well, then you must know that access is restricted.
[00:16.83]Student: Um, I was in a seminar with Professor Gray and she authorized access for us.
[00:21.68]Librarian: Oh, if that's the case, let me check.[00:23.75]Right. Yeah. But it looks like that expired at the end of last semester
[00:27.96]Student: But I really need to get back in there.[00:29.99]See...I didn't quite finish my project.
[00:32.98]Librarian: Aha! The plot thickens.[00:35.14]Well, it's easy enough.[00:36.80]Have Professor Gray authorize you again.[00:39.15]You see, these editions are rare and shouldn't be handled more than necessary.[00:43.11]Can you work from later editions or microfilm?
[00:46.54]Student: Not really. [00:47.83]Actually my project...Well, it involves some annotations in the particular edition here.[00:53.89]They haven't been reproduced because they are really not part of the text.[00:57.32]You know, they generally clean them up.[00:59.02]They are quite hard to see.
[01:00.71]Librarian: Well, often the characteristics of the manuscripts have been recorded.[01:04.47]These types of extraneous markings might also be noted.
[01:07.40]Student: I don't think they are.[01:08.72]They are very faint, and, well, I think I have a new angle on them.[01:12.75]There was a study once a long time ago about these notes that everybody else has taken for granted without checking for themselves.[01:19.66]I think there might have been a mistake in the past, that they were misread.
[01:24.03]Librarian: So get Professor Gray...
[01:26.65]Student: Uh...she's away this semester I had to beg her to give me extra time on this project.[01:31.95]I haven't even received a grade in the class yet.[01:34.55]And this class is a prerequisite for other classes in my major.[01:38.83]I really need to see those books so I can finish this project and get back on course to graduate on time.
[01:45.29]Librarian: Everybody has special circumstances.
[01:48.39]Student: Two hours? One hour?[01:50.42]I promise to be careful.[01:52.18]I just need to look at a few pages with a strong magnifying glass.
[01:56.19]Librarian: Well, I can’t let you in without authorization from your professor.[02:00.21]Can you get in touch with her somehow?
[02:02.90]Student: Maybe she'd be checking her email.[02:05.00]I really thought I would be able to straighten this out without her.[02:07.90]You know, she did me a huge favor by giving me the extra time.[02:11.42]I feel like I'm skating on thin ice with her.
[02:13.93]Librarian: You know, you were lucky to have had permission to look at the books last semester.[02:17.95]If we don't maintain our policies, they'll disintegrate.
[02:21.16]Student: I know. Would an email from her or a phone call be good enough?
[02:26.08]Librarian: Of course.