A Vicious Cycle
Virus Guy will no longer be gracing us with his infected presence. It seems that he was recently arrested for armed robbery. His weapon of choice, a hypodermic needle! Since he was recently paroled from a previous conviction regarding drug possession, and assault on a Federal Agent, he will most likely be going away for 20+ years this go round. Since Virus Guy has been stealing our books little by little for months, this pleases me. The library has just become a bit safer and more secure! Conversely, his arrest means that this blog just took a big hit. Alas, there are many other characters @ the Library who are already taking up the slack.
Case in point, a woman called today to ask what the procedure is to donate books. She informed me that she was previously a literature professor at a college, but no longer needs many of the books she has on the subject. I asked her if she had boxes of books or just a few? She indicated that she only had five, so I told her to bring them in to the Childrens’ Department since Childrens’ is the closest department to Technical Services.
At this point, the woman grew silent as she mulled over what I had said, she then responded. “Should I just put them on the shelf?” My retort was an immediate and emphatic, “NO!” I told her to bring them to a clerk at the Circulation Desk and that they would take care of it. Later in the day, I told a few colleagues about this, and joked that I should have said to her, “Sure, just put ’em somewhere on any random shelf. But before you do, go ahead and feel free to make up some call numbers, and label them.” We all know this would be a real hoot for the staff.