This Window Closed, Six Reasons The Service Sector Hates You

THIS WINDOW CLOSED - or, Six Reasons The Service Sector Hates You is a response to This One, Lileks at the library.

(1) Believe that rules don’t apply to you

(2) Treat the establishment as if you owned it.

(3) Lie through your teeth

(4) Show up .00002 seconds before closing and expect an entire day\'s service
(5) Expect favors
(6) Rip your ludicrously-underpaid service prole a new one about things he/she
can\'t change

He also adds this important tip:
the people who work at counters or circulation desks do not
make policy.


An Interview With Steven Cohen

Gillian Davis has An Interview With Steven Cohen posted on her Suite 101 Site.

See Also Stevies


The 10 leading librarians in Britain

The Independent has The 10 leading librarians in Britain, as chosen by their peers.

\"My advice to anyone starting out in this profession is to have the self-confidence to move outside your particular domain. Always push further into the wider business of your institution, whether it\'s a local authority, company or university. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable but it is important.\"


Love of books leads to career as librarian

In my never ending quest to reinforce every possible librarian stereotype, I give you Love of books leads to career as librarian. After all, that is why we all became librarians right?

Unfortunatly she\'s not a little old lady with a shawl, and her hair in a bun, but she does wear glasses!


Just when you think you\'re getting through to them [ Sony Barari ]

Nina McLaughlin writes \"Here is an article titled \"Library science degree: file that under ‘stupid’\" that I can only hope is a joke. After all, we can take a joke.... But this writer, a UCLA student in Molecular Biology, seems to be serious when saying: \"I don\'t understand why these overzealous school marms need to attend a professional school, and thus be equated with scientists, doctors and lawyers. I don\'t even think you need a GED to successfully put books on shelves. Hell, a properly trained monkey with a fancy hat could probably do that.\" The article, in the \"Viewpoint\" (i.e. Opinion) section of the UCLA Daily Bruin goes on to say \"Library science? Science? There is not a single scientific thing about library science. Putting on a silly puppet show for kids doesn\'t exactly merit a Nobel Prize.\" I kept re-reading it, hoping it was some sort of a satire that I just wasn\'t getting.... But I think they REALLY feel this way. Arrrggghhh!

Update: 4:10pmThe author [ Sony Barari ] has left a comment below explaining the story.


One Year @ The Shy Librarian

The Shy Librarian magazine is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering its entire 64-page Spring 2002 issue online (free PDF). The magazine focuses on library marketing and programming and \"promotes libraries, librarians, and books.\" The Spring 2002 ad-free issue has feature pieces on the Boston Public Library\'s Media Campaign, Tips on Running an Adult Summer Reading Program, an Overview of Library Parking Problems, and over 75 books reviews. The magazine is written by librarians and teachers and is published quarterly in print.


LibWireless List has moved

Bill Drew writes \"As of now, LibWireless is moving from Yahoo! Groups to a list server at the
Sate University of New York\'s Information Technology Exchange Center.
From there I have full control plus technical support if needed. The
problems recently with Yahoo! Groups have forced me to make this change.

More information on LibWireless List is

I will now disable sending e-mail to the old address. Thank you for your
patience. I will keep the old webpage at Yahoo!Groups going for a couple
of weeks. I will look into some way of keeping the archives from that old
address. I will move the bookmarks to my website, The Wireless Librarian.\"


Work for the love of it!

Someone writes \"Would you work for free?

Full Story \"

Yvonne has worked at her library for 28 years and been the librarian since 1986. She is old enough to retire but she loves her work. She loves it so much, it turns out, that she decided to quit the job. By doing so, it freed up money for books and magazines.


The Top Librarian Personalities On The Web

The Top Librarian
Personalities on the Web
what follows is the first annual Top Librarian Personalities
on the Web.
I’ll modestly state up front that I didn’t count votes
for myself, it just didn\'t seem right to have myself on a list I was building

This list is also appearing in Online Magazine soon in a much expanded format. What follows is just the list of names.


New Twin Cities bookstore redefines \'hard sell\'

Bob Cox passed along This One on a new bookstore in Minneapolis they say is hard to find, and once you get there it\'s almost impossible to buy anything.

The owner retired recently as curator of the University of Minnesota\'s James Ford Bell Library, and these really are her books, which is why selling is tough.

\" \'What shall I do with all my books?\' was the question; and the answer, \'Read them,\' sobered the questioner. \'But if you cannot read them, at any rate handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will. Read on from the first sentence that arrests the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.\"



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