Library Rule #1:Never try to pull a fast one on the librarian who's been sitting at the desk for the last three hours. She's seen more than you think.
Library Rule #2: (Actually, this is more of an anywhere type of rule) If you're applying for a job, it doesn't win you points to say "I'm too lazy to attach my resume" to someone who is potentially going to be your boss. If you do it at the library while applying for the job of "librarian", that just makes the librarians laugh.
Library Rule #3:What is in the catalog doesn't depend on which librarian you ask.
These three rules were broken today. Poor, poor misled public.
At three o'clock, a couple of kids who probably shouldn't use the downstairs internet signed up to use it at four thirty. Fine. I didn't expect it would be real busy with the sleet we were having outside. I sat at reference from two to four thirty, when I was called away to cover info. As I came to info, the kids in question came into the reference area. Because they were physically wee tykes, the two young men monopolizing internet terminal eight ignored them when they said it was their turn.
I know these two young men, and their friends. One signs in, and the others gather round and stare at pictures of the first's girlfriend or sneakers or god knows what else online. Then, about twenty minutes later, they switch seats. Why?
So when the librarian asks, "How long have you been here?" they can say, "Ten minutes."
It didn't fly today. I knew that kid put his name on the sheet, and I knew he didn't erase the older guy's name. I knew they were taking advantage of the wee pup. So I kicked their butts off the computer.
Because it was so dead today I was letting them hang out together at the computer. I also allowed this because the freakin custodian wasn't around to make snide comments about the way I run the reference section. Yes, I understand in your day the library was silent. Today, however, it isn't. For the love of Pete, become a librarian if you want to change the library.
(I don't want to sound like a snob, really, but it gets old when he tells me, for the fifth time in a half hour, that he doesn't think a certain person should still be on the computer... Yes, complaint noted. Now go do something else.)
At info, somebody actually applied for a job and told me that they were too lazy to finish typing their resume. One thing I really like about this job, is that laziness doesn't fly here. People are always doing something. Even if you're at reference and there are no fist fights over the computers or reference questions, you're picking out books or cataloging or doing something. The woman in question applied for the job of "librarian." I was just imagining the look on my supervisor's face when I showed her that one. She is very very adamant, as they are at my library, about the distinction between librarian, administration, and support staff.
I told the person in question not to get their hopes up, but I'd pass it along. Of course, I totally forgot to pass it along. At least I honestly forgot... It wasn't that I was too lazy or anything. I've been a little preoccupied with ordering books.
A patron came in looking for a specific book. She asked the cataloger, who was manning info. I guess she didn't like the answer that the cataloger gave, because she came and asked me. Well, I am happy to report, that in the fifty feet between information and reference, the book in question wasn't returned, nor was it out of processing. So she got the same answer from me. Then she acted like we were incompetent.
I had told her she was two weeks too early... that was about the time it would be out on the floor. The cataloger said she'd put it on reserve and rush it through cataloging, and she could have it in a week. Of course, that won't do when you're assignment's due Monday.
My reference books have started to arrive!