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Ever wonder what librarians think when they see patrons every day, every minute...things like...Leave me alone, can\'t you see I am trying to read the new Harry Potter book?Books are not my life. I have a life and it does not involve you. -- Read More
Bob Cox finds some fine sites!
library reference questions
Actual reference queries reported by American and
Canadian library reference desk workers of various
levels. All of these situations are real and some of them
were mighty embarrassing. Enjoy!
favorite:\"Is the basement upstairs?\"
The other day, I witnessed a mother sitting next to one of our Internet terminals breastfeeding her infant. At first, I was stunned, probably because I have only seen this performed once, but another thought entered my mind at this odd moment: Is this woman in violation of our “anti-naked” Internet policies? This led me to think that she should be breastfeeding her kid in the stacks, preferably in the section on breastfeeding (should she have any questions or problems, she could just pick up a book).Remembering last weeks essay about chat rooms in libraries, I then had one of my rare strokes of genius. The library can be used as a dating service... -- Read More
There are hundreds of reasons to Love being a librarian,
I can think of a few interesting ones such as: We earn so much money we can afford life\'s luxuries which would be food, water, and a roof over our head.
We get to teach others we are priceless which is why no one seems to know much we are worth. -- Read More
\"I was not phased at all recently when I picked up my telephone.
\"Do you have romance novels?\" the caller asked.\"Uh, no...actually we don\'t,\" I answered truthfully. \"But I could probably write one if you want.\" -- Read More
This is dedicated to Blake, who I think could use a
laugh after this rough week.
You know you did not learn much in library
school is you think a MARC record is something that
once belonged in a stereo. -- Read More
Someone wrote in with this, and it just struck me as really funny.
I was up around midnight two days ago when they finally broke the story
about the new Harry Potter book title (I think the first instance I saw was
on Yahoo news). I immediately attempted to obtain the
goblet_of_fire@?????.com address, but someone beat me to it. However, as
you can see in my sig, I *was* able to scoop goblet_of_fire@????.com. My
daughter (8-years-old) was astounded and delighted. Me, too!
Still, if Rowling e-mailed me and asked to have it, I\'d give it to her, and
And what of the now valuable URL\'s? -- Read More
David sent in this funny and eye opening
True story. Today I happened to be in a library. You know--the big room with lots of books and no people, as Uncle Al would say.
I was reading a magazine and came across an unfamiliar word. \"Grubstake.\"
\"I decided to look it up. Without thinking I automatically wrote it down on a piece of scrap paper, intending to go home later and look it up on the Internet.\" -- Read More
Herald.com in Sunny FL, has a Story that just strikes me as funny. The first line of the story is \"Will the real Slim Shearer please stand up?\", and it gets better. The Library Cat, also known as Legs because of his extraordinarily long limbs, suffered a humiliating razor attack. Someone shaved the words ``Seniors 2000\'\' on the back of the cat. Two seniors were given a long lecture on pranks and respect for animals, after they were turned in. It gets funnier... -- Read More
Phillynews.com has this article about a town in PA that changed its name from Library to South Park. Does anyone else see the symbolism here?
\"Library, a town of 3,600 tucked in South Park Township about 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, never was incorporated into a governing body. The town last week became South Park, to the liking of some and the chagrin of others.\" -- Read More