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.

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~ by Woeful on January 23, 2008.

23 Responses to “A Vicious Cycle”

  1. LOL, Woeful! I get that guestion daily about donations…usually it’s encyclopedias that are 10 or 20 years out of date or textbooks of the same. It can be trying when the donater refuses to recycle. As for the retired professor you should’ve just let her decide where she thought they should go. Reminds me of that Richard Brautigan novel, “The Abortion” where anyone who wants to can donate a book to the library and place it on whatever non-dusty shelf there is.

  2. 🙂

  3. Jeez. How did you find out he got arrested?

  4. Oh Max!! It made the paper. That’s how I found out about his arrest, and his priors… He’s being held on nearly $100,000 bond! My favorite part was the hypodermic, my second favorite part was that he made off with just a few hundred dollars in cash. Clearly it was well worth it.

  5. Wow, first bounty hunters dragging people out and now newsworthy arrests. The library is more exciting than a cop show.

  6. That is shocking. And yet very humbling in the sense that you can really never be too careful with the people in general around you. It really scares me how society is today. So ignorant, stupid and violent. It’s amazing the apocalypse has yet to happen.
    Anywho, it’s a great loss of good material for your blog.

  7. Yeah, it’s reached an entirely new level…

  8. I’ll take the loss Lisa! Virus Guy was one of our creepier Irregulars. You’re absolutely right, the library is just a microcosm of the larger world beyond its door. These are the people we rub elbows with on a daily basis, from the sidewalk, to the subway. The trick is to be aware of your surroundings at all times, while continuing to live life.

  9. I wouldn’t advise sending your children to the college she was a professor at….

  10. Unbelievable, isn’t it Myra?

  11. it is very scary that she was a professor. i think actually i have met some of her students lately…sorry to hear about the loss of material with virus guy being gone. i guess it is good for the other characters though, now more time in the spotlight.

  12. One of our staff’s favorite pasttime was looking up our more memorable patrons on the state’s dept. of corrections website. Gotta love public records! We found some of them, but the scary thing is we probably would have found more of the “nice” patrons. You just never know.

  13. Speaking of creepy characters, have you ever checked the registered offenders list for the creepy guy who is always ogling the high school help? That is the one situation you have described that makes me worry.

  14. Yes it is scary, Sheri! We have a few professors like that…

    Hi Manda, & Hi Max: Sadly, this only works if you know the person’s name, or if they have a library card, their number… Don’t worry too much Max, we keep the kids well supervised.

  15. Ha. Wow. Well it’s nice to know that we have professors like that teaching classes. Man oh man.

  16. If you liked that Ashley, you’ll love this previous post.

  17. […] Before starting to take Knowledge Organization, I wouldn’t have balked at this. […]

  18. Believe it!

  19. I have this set of Encyclopeida Brittanica’s lying around. Would you like me to ship them to you? They are from 1982…

    HA! Remember those commercials?

  20. They do make great door stops Bryna!

  21. I think I’m going to get a job at the library, even if it’s dusting off books. Excitement galore!

  22. More than we’d like lately.

  23. Well this is just sad. Who else’s blog can I go to that the topic of conversation is a virus guy with a steamy butt crack?

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