Friday, March 30, 2007


For conclusion - that word was suggested because this is the conclusion of posts at this address. Starting Monday, we will be at in our new and improved blog "Typo of the day for librarians." This site will remain as an archive for our past work, and you can always check for an alphabetical list of our highlighted typos. On behalf of all of us on the Libtypos team, thanks for tuning in, and we hope you'll join us next week in our new home. This is Terry Ballard - signing off.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Having a catalog full of errors can be a disaster, which is the word people were thinking of when they added this one. There are more than 200,000 of these in Google, and a substantial 33 in Worldcat. As we have mentioned before, the location of the mistake can be important. A typo in a notes field is mostly annoying, but when the first word of the title is a typo, that impacts access to the title. This is found in the D section of the Typographical errors in library databases page, which is the Low Probability area.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Transportation is what they were getting at. This typo can be found on the 'D,' or low probability section of the main page at
There are 21 of these showing in Worldcat this morning, but a high percentage of them are in the title - the worst kind of mistake. We find it interesting that every typo that we've seen involving inverted letters has the letters on opposite sides of the keyboard, so we are getting into issues with coordinating the two sides of the brain. As we hinted yesterday, this blog will soon be transported to a new location with a slightly new title "Typo of the day for librarians." This site will be left as an archive for the work that we've done for the past 200th of a century.

Monday, March 26, 2007


This typo for announcement was found on the 'E,' or very low probability section of our compilation of typographical errors in online catalogs, but be alert anyway. There were 14 hits for it this morning in Worldcat, unlike its neighbor on the D list "Announcemet" which only had one. The word may have caught our attention because of a possible impending announcement about the future of this blog. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 23, 2007


This one jumped out at us this morning because, at first glance, it looks correct. It can be found on the B list, or high probability errors that might be found in an online catalog. When you go to correct it, you will need to decide if the intended word was completion or competition. When we checked Worldcat this morning, we found that this was high probability indeed with nearly 150 hits. In looking over the first screen, it appears that "Competition" was the likely intended target in most of these.

Friday, March 9, 2007


Was it intended to be eighteenth or eightieth? Once again, you have to go into your individual records and find out. This is on the high probability section of the list that we keep. Tomorrow will be this last posting at this address. Come Monday, we will be at our new home at: . Be assured that this is not some April Fool's prank - we really had to move due to a computer mixup. How ironic.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Special Bonus Typo

Normally, we take the weekend off, but we ran across this on the wacky news segment of Keith Olbermann's Countdown. He claimed that this might be the typo of the century, and we can only imagine the impact it had. Reuters recently had to retract a story about the lives of bees, and somebody made an unfortunate substitution for the term "Queen Bee," and provided the following information:

'Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day.'