Library One-Liners from Pub-Lib (and more)

...here. Included are the classics: "I need a photograph of Jesus Christ." Submissions are wanted!

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When people ask a question at the library do they have some expectation of privacy? Maybe we should have signs up in the library, "If you ask a dumb or funny question we will post it to the web."

Why post these questions at

Why post these questions at all? It does come through as pretty disrespectful and mean-spirited.

Value judgements - absolutely!

LOL - You are making your own value judgement that the questions are dumb and stupid - along with the judgement that it is mean-spirited to post the questions. Others might find it informative and want to know how to go about answering the questions. So, who is really the mean spirited one?

Stumper questions have been posted for years and years. How are these any different other than the way the you filter the questions and label them through your own internalized bias?

It's not the judgement that I

It's not the judgement that I find problematic; we all judge. It's the mocking that leaves me thinking.

Thumbs up

Thumbs up to this comment -- It's the mocking that leaves me thinking.

I agree. We don't want people

I agree. We don't want people to start thinking.

Witty

>>I agree. We don't want people to start thinking.

Ohhh you are just sooooo witty!!! I am impressed.

Two Thumbs up!

I hope you work in collection development somewhere. We need more gatekeepers like you that will help stop all of this mockery, all of the so-called comedy, all of those supercilious ideas and plays on words that make us uncomfortable. That's why I went into librarianship. Imagine how much more space there would be in stacks if we could get rid of all of that creative stuff.

Creative stuff

Librarians should be professionals. A professional reference librarian should not be mocking the questions of patrons on public forums. Sorry if that idea takes away from your fun.

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Speaking of creativity we should setup video cameras at reference and record patron questions. Then we can autotune the video and post it on Youtube.

We could have videos that are like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDqDvVhyeSc

Now that would be creative.
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No, we were mocking you.

My goal is to control a room, any room and I was willing to get a MLS to achieve that. That's why I became a librarian. I need it in order to feel in control of myself. I really need it. I have found that if I can limit the people in my room to very old people, very young children, and extremely passive women and men - within limits of course not too many men - my sense of control can be complete. But, in the absence of that I can and will make rules. Many, many rules. My newest rule is no 'mocking'. If anyone is found to have mocked or used any language or phrases I don't like or make me uncomfortable, I will declare they are not professional. If someone who works below me, and they are *all* below me, fails to be passive enough or finds joy or fun, it makes me very uncomfortable. I read a book about what it means to be a professional so I am an expert. My friends who also want to control a room, any room will agree with me.

Lowest on the totem pole

Comment: If someone who works below me, and they are *all* below me, fails to be passive enough or finds joy or fun, it makes me very uncomfortable.

Response: Where I work no one is below me. I am the bottom of the totem pole. Fun to make assumptions isn't it?

Victimization

The need to control the room is often associated with a perception of victimization - sometimes real and sometimes imagined. The perpetrators believe that they have been a victim and must victimize others in order to move out of that role. The statement that you are the 'bottom of the totem pole' certainly supports that pattern.

books

books about squirrels often do not contain pictures or photos of jesuits or jesus

Stumper

>>Stumper questions have been posted for years and years.

Where do I find a photograph of Jesus Christ is not a stumper question.

"Where do I find a photograph

"Where do I find a photograph of Jesus Christ?" may be a stumper question.

These people don't respect privacy at all

I just saw the Best of Publib posting on flatulence. Maybe we should have also signs up in the library, "If you let one loose, we will analyze it on the web." http://bestofpublib.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/libraries-and-flatulence/

Hunh

At least one of the personalities behind Anonymous has not read any of the books by Will Manley in this vein. I urge consulting WorldCat.org at the utmost least.

There are three legs to the stool supporting your professional work. One is the knowledge gained in your professional training. Another is your experience that is honed over time. The last but most forgotten one is traditions of the field which somehow seem to get forgotten easily.

Jesus

>> Included are the classics: "I need a photograph of Jesus Christ."

There are 25 people named Jesus Christ in the U.S. (White pages)

So obtaining a photograph of Jesus Christ is not impossible.

so glad to see some discussion going

thanks LisNewsers, come around more often!

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