Tuesday morning I know I will be on information. I don't know why, but I much prefer reference to information. I feel safer behind that desk. I feel like I answer more important questions behind that desk... questions other than, "Where is the bathroom?" and "Do you have a photocopier?" Granted, I get a lot of important questions on information too, but there's less, um, mundane questions on reference.
Reference's downside is it comes with internet monitoring, which, yea verily, has vastly improved with the timed access software. Vastly. Worlds of difference, actually. There have been no fights. When I had to shut the kids down on Friday, they took it without a peep. It's a little scary, actually. Had I physically gone over and shut off this one kid's machine I honestly think I would have gotten hurt, or at least verbally mauled. Doing it remotely, though... it's almost like the patron thinks that the computer has made some sort of judgement call on their behavior, not the librarian. And we all know computers never make mistakes. Bwahahahahaha! God, I crack myself up.
So Tuesday is my day, after info, to take down the two 98 boxes and somehow make the chairs that were in the area disappear. I want no encouragement to pull up an extra chair around the computers. It's bad enough that we have a table in reference and all the chairs are facing away from the table towards the computer screens.
Speaking of computer screens, I am thinking of getting privacy screens. I hope it can make some patrons feel a little more secure. It irks me to no end to see the person at Terminal 8 staring at what the person on 9 is doing.
It just occurred to me that I don't remember the password for the iMac at my desk running OS X. The poor thing got pushed aside when I was installing network software and then in the ensuing telecom rumble. Shoot. Unless I put a good hint in the system (an option I think I bypassed, figuring hints were for sissies) I am going to be doing some backdooring, methinks. I so need a book on OS X. Yes, our library has some. Yay. Last I checked (which granted, wasn't terribly recently) they were all checked out. Boo. If they're like our other computer books, they may or may not actually be returned. Then again, Mac people are a little different than PC people.
I get lots of Mac questions (on reference. Hardly ever on information). Most are basic, and I can answer them. They're questions like, "Where the hell is the A drive?" and "Where the hell is Internet Explorer?" ("Yes, there is more than one browser out there. Yes, there are better browsers out there," I say.) I would not classify myself as a Mac person, though I think I am becoming one. I would like to own a Mac, in the same way I like to run Linux.
Unfortunately, I need Windows. I mean I don't need Windows, but I don't want to wait for the Sims 2 to come out in a Mac version. Waiting for Windows is bad enough. That, and Sim City 4, is the only reason I really run Windows at home.
I don't classify myself as a Windows person. I like Linux. I am not a Linux guru, not even if you squint and cross your eyes and drink a lot of beer to try to see me as such. I can get around though. And I like what I see.
I could be an OS X person easily. It's the ease of Windows with the tinkering-ability of Linux. It's a beautiful thing.
Perhaps this should be the framework for a systems librarian personality test... I'm a reference/PC Linux/Mac OS X. What are you?