2 Brain Cells
My postings have been few and far between as of late, because I haven’t been at the Reference Desk for more than a few hours in the last couple of weeks. Instead, I’ve been insanely busy working on a special technology project. Sadly, this severely impacts my interaction with the general public, and subsequently, negatively affects my ability to convey stories for your amusement. Today, however, I received a phone call that went like this:
Me: Hello, Nothingworkshere Public Library, how may I help you?
Female Caller: Do you know where I can get audiobooks?
Me: You can get audiobooks right here.
Me [raise eyebrow]: Yep, you can also borrow DVDs, and CDs from here if you’d like!
Caller [astonished]: Really? I’m looking for the new book about Princess Di on audiobook.
Me: OK, do you have the title?
Me: OK, do you have the author’s name?
Me [anguish]: OK, I’m going to check at Amazon.com and see what Diana titles were just released.
I give her three options, she likes the second one. I search our catalog for the title and come up empty. I’m getting desperate, so I shoot blindly from the hip and construct an audiobook only search for “diana.”
Me: We have one audiobook about Diana. It’s a book on tape.
Caller: Tape! You don’t have one on CD?
Me [wince]: No, it’s on a cassette.
Caller: What would I need to play that?
Me: You need a tape deck to play it.
Caller: And you don’t have it on CD? What would I need to play a CD anyway?
Me: Errr… A CD player.
Caller: Oh. OK, bye.
This woman has two brain cells; and they’re arguing with one another other.