Friday, July 31, 2009

The Google Alert and the Ellipsis...

I got a Google Alert for "Brockton Public Library," with the following text in the alert message, "The library is open Monday from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 ... in the Joseph A. Driscoll Gallery of the Brockton Public Library. ..." This was from the Hanson Town Crier - Raynham, MA, USA, "Art scene listings for the week beginning July 30." I was concerned because hours in the alert are not our hours at Brockton. Would I need to contact the newspaper for a correction? When I clicked on the article, it turned out that the hours are for a photo display described in the section before the ellipsis, at the Rockland Memorial library. In the section that includes our Driscoll Gallery art exhibit, BPL's hours are listed correctly. This was a proper use of ellipsis, good indexing, and an overreaction by yours truly.

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