“I forgot my ID and my library card, but I have my name tattooed on my arm and on my chest…”
“Who do you like better… Serial Killer or Bob Marley?”
“What’s up queer?” /facepalm
I have a patron who tells me, he got into a motorcycle accident years ago and this is why he is the way he is. He’s very special and I do not mean that in any kind of a derogatory way. He create a design for the “joy ride,” which would enable a car to run free of gas. I helped him create a blog to post his scanned in idea. Please share this around the web. He wants the world to...
Behaviors I have noticed in the library...
Many African immigrants spend a LOT of time looking at pictures of Princess Diana. (Seriously I see this everyday. I’m sorry to inform you, but she’s dead Jim. She’s dead). Many people aren’t actually reading the paper. I know, I know I shouldn’t really comment on this because it’s not funny, it’s a comment on our society, etc. No the folks I’m...
A stolen image
A beautiful map of
Massachusetts public libraries ca. 1915
Just print, cut and paste! Your own bookmobile
It's not that I've been ignoring this...
it’s just that I’ve been busy. Sure lots of crazy things have happened in the library the past few weeks and lots of crazy people have passed through. At the same time, it seems that much of the world has erupted during the past few weeks and as you may or may not know, many librarians are very progressive people. We were part of the first wave of opponents to the Patriot Act, we are...
some librarians are hella sexxy and have their own calendars…
I have some dating tips.
According to a patron that came in this afternoon, ALANON is a great place to pick up guys. So ladies, if you’re single and you’re looking… Look no further than that church basement and get yourself a chemically dependent (or codependent) boyfriend! Also make sure you “dress sexxxy time” when you go to the clubs. Yes you read that right.
RIP Michael Stern Hart founder of Project Gutenberg. If you don’t know Project Gutenberg, you should really check it out. It has really come a LONG way since its inception.
Interesting things in Canada
So apparently, in Surrey, you’ll be able to check out people. Which… I guess… is pretty cool, BUT I think it takes away from what a good reference librarian should be able to do. Reference librarians are not experts on all things, BUT they have expert knowledge on how to find the best and most correct information for your needs. All I can say is, “thank jeebus these folks...
Could you please take your feet off the table. I said to the man in the $200 suit who happened to have his bare feet on the coffee table. I was met with a glance of repugnance. Just because you do it at home, doesn’t mean you can do it in public.
“Mumma! I need the book about the big dog that was blind and he swallowed a bottle cap.” I assumed, that they weren’t looking for the book that this movie will be based on.
Stop following me!
So for the past few weeks, I’ve been followed throughout the library by an admirer. Normally, I would find this flattering. Like, for example, when I get asked out for drinks or dates and I come up with new and exciting ways of telling these possible suitors no. This man, George*, has managed to find me in every department I work in. He looks me up and down, says “you look good”...
It was a dark and stormy night....
The Bulwer-Lytton winners are in. One of my favorites: Veronica, two months pregnant and attempting to get her boyfriend to notice, and Ricky, who wanted to end things with his expansive girlfriend, sat at a table-for-two around lunchtime at the Olive Garden in Columbus, Ohio, eying the bottle of house rosé which, unbeknownst to them, doubled as the portal key to Khrysandelt: The land where...
I don't claim to be politically correct...
I do, however, claim that my wish is for free access to information for everyone. And so… I laugh. Out loud even. When I see patrons in the public computing area watching youtube videos of midgets dancing.
It's a blissful day at the library
when arguments about personal medications spill out into the public.
Working in the children's department
is a lot like working in retail. People are always asking you for things and you are constantly cleaning up other children’s messes.
It's a rainy morning in the Teen section...
and I’ve already had my first drug deal. I think. $25 for a gram seems steep.
The Search for America's Most Glam Librarian
It ain’t me babe… It ain’t me. My wardrobe is based on comfort and function. I wear sneakers because I’m generally on my feet all day. I wear pants with pockets so I can sneak off and check my text messages from home and stash my smokes. I wear long sleeve button down shirts so that there is an air of professionalism. On Saturdays I wear unoffensive or library themed...
I'm not sure how copyright works with this, but...
I could spend hours on this site. Dr. Macro’s scans
Author appreciation of libraries
Letters to the children of Troy. Isaac Asimov tells children, correctly, that the library is a spaceship.
I have read many manuals over the years, but none come close to the early Playboy Bunny manual. Seriously. It covers EVERYTHING. Sometimes I wish the American Library Association would publish something as comprehensive. The Manual
Again... I'm not here to judge
BUT I do question your giving your baby mountain dew….
A look at the San Fransisco Library
These drawings mimic nearly every library in the country, including mine. San Fran
Tuesday at the public computers
Today’s help was given to a gentleman who was entering a Publisher’s Clearing House contest. I hope he wins the grand prize of $10,000,000! I think his chances are better with a scratch off ticket.
Monday Haiku for public computing
vomit on the door gosh Monday already? I love ppc
At the computers. I'm never leaving.
As librarians, we are told on day 1 that we cannot discriminate. Discrimination leads to a lack of access and we all have the right to information. That being said, I am fighting the urge to knock on the walls of the cubicle of the two young Mormons from Arizona. “Knock Knock the Rapture is coming in only ONE week!” Thank goodness I don’t have to work on the 22nd. It could be...
At the computers...
Patron: “Why isn’t my computer reservation displaying on the screen?” ME: “Well, what time is your reservation for?” Patron: “5pm” ME: “It’s noon now, so you have about 4 hours and 45 minutes to wait before it pops up.” Patron: “But how will I know what time my reservation is?”
Again at the computers...
Male patron asks me for information on “good stripping music.”
At the computers
Today’s help was given to a woman trying to set up a Match(dot)com account. She asked me if it was true that she could find a husband in six months.