•March 4, 2010 • 27 Comments

Due to my changing job responsibilities and numerous serious personal issues (I’ve been out of work for a month on medical leave) this blog has run its course… That and one of my coworkers discovered @ the Library, put two and two together and called me out on it. Not to worry she’s very cool and didn’t blow my cover but I always told myself that when a coworker discovers this blog it would be time to quit… And so it is.

I thank all of my readers for spending time here over the years, it has been a lot of fun and extremely cathartic for me. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed my adventures… as painful as the were (and are) for me.

Be well everyone! and Rebecca…

We really should do drinks sometime 😉



•January 27, 2010 • 3 Comments

So the other day I stopped off to get the newspapers like I do every now and again for the Library when I overheard the guy in front of me stating his case as to why he should be allowed to buy a pint of vodka at 8:30 in the morning… You see, apparently the liquor stores don’t open until 9:00 so a convenience store is the clear choice when you simply cannot wait another 28 minutes to get your alcohol fix.

Makes perfect sense!

After I made my way back to the office I relayed this story to the assistant director and she laughed. I told her that we would probably be seeing the guy at some point later on during the day @ the Library…

As fate would have it he never showed. He was no doubt patronizing another classy establishment in town.

On The Road

•January 16, 2010 • 4 Comments

Exhibit “A” here on the left was left near the Library’s restrooms. The bag contained a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. Sadly, someone, presumably a vagrant, forgot their dinner. If I learned nothing else by reading Kerouac’s On The Road it was that if you have bread and peanut butter you will never starve… Unfortunately someone undoubtedly went hungry that evening.

In other news I’m still largely off desk so the stories that I’m relaying I heard from my coworkers. First there was the guy who roamed the Library while carrying a lava lamp, LOL!  don’t think anyone ever saw him before or since but the entire time he was in the Library that day he never let go of his lamp.

Then there was the lady who signed in to use the Internet. She logged on and then draped her scarf over the monitor so that she couldn’t see anything on the screen yet sat there staring at it for about an hour. When her session ended she demanded more time. Realizing that the woman was a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic without hesitation my coworker allowed her more time. She smiled, thanked him for the extra time and then immediately turned and let the building.


Fire & Urine

•January 10, 2010 • 2 Comments

Two things have transpired over the last several days, one of these things I witnessed first hand and the other was conveyed to me by a coworker. Several days ago my coworker told me that a patron walked up to him while he was working at Reference and told him that the trash can next to our main entrance was on fire.

Nice! I’m just glad to report that no harm was done to anyone or our building.

Yesterday I noticed an old vagrant fall asleep while sitting near our central stairwell. Normally we wake people up who fall asleep, but in the deep winter we generally cut the homeless some slack… I mean, we’re talking the teens here, in Fahrenheit. Anyway, nearly an hour later the guy woke up and I watched him stagger his way over to the Reference Desk (which he used to steady himself), then along the wall and into the restroom. The entire time I was thinking, “please don’t die.”

Anyway, a few minutes later another coworker came by and alerted me to the fact that “one of our chairs is soaked in urine!” I knew which one it was immediately and then told my colleague all about the staggering man. The Assistant Director came by a while later and moved the chair out of the way… She didn’t think the “Do Not Sit” sign that we crafted was enough.

Happy New Year!

•December 31, 2009 • 11 Comments

This month has been a real bitch for me in every way… And in many ways a fitting end to the decade of suck. May better days lie ahead for us all.

Way To Converse

•December 23, 2009 • 4 Comments

Walt at Random just published a book that analyzes the library blogosphere and @ the Library made it into Chapter 5: Conversations (But They Still Blog). The book is entitled But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009.

Who knew that we were such great conversationalists?

Does Droid?

•December 22, 2009 • 8 Comments

A post from really got my attention (not an easy thing to do these days). It’s entitled Droid + Barcode App + Google Books . My cellphone contract is just about up and I’ve been considering an iPhone, or a Blackberry, but the fact that the new Droid can scan an ISBN and then do a full-text keyword search within the book is astounding! Indeed, these days (or the days soon to come anyway) it may just be the “killer app” for librarians.

I have a few questions though for anyone in the know. What kind of desktop software is available for Droid and how good is it? One of the reasons that I’ve been putting off switching information appliances is that I have a lot of stuff in my PDA, and I mean a LOT of stuff!! I was an early adopter of PDAs before they became phones and I have everything from the usual address book and such, to passwords and much much more… It’s even my checkbook now (encrypted of course). So anyway, I need to be able to extract ALL of the information currently in my phone, back it all up on my computer, and migrate it over to whatever I wind up with.

Will Droid do this? Anyone, anyone, Bueller, Bueller…