Article from Trevor Willimott, a cataloger at the British Library
<SNIPPET>I catalogue foreign language books at the British Library, it's Monday morning and I have a pile of German books on my desk waiting to be catalogued. The German books present us with the most problems because of the breadth of subject matter. This is a risky statement because our Hispanic collections are a complete mystery to me but I've never heard any of the Spanish or Portuguese cataloguers complaining of difficult technical stuff. And let's face it, German is not as straightforward as the Romance languages anyway. As Mark Twain said, "The Germans take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it away over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German".