Over the course of the last month my job responsibilities have changed tremendously guys. Therefore, there have been no posts. There have been no posts because I haven’t worked with the public for weeks now so there isn’t anything to post. With any luck I’ll be working with the public again in the near future and have some stories to tell soon. Until that time however, there isn’t going to be a whole lot to write so just hang in there until the time comes…
Early on today as I was working the Reference Desk one of our regulars arrived and immediately handed me a note that read:
Sorry I don’t mean to be rude but I took a vow of silence for 40 days
OVER [i flip the note]
Can I please have the local newspaper Woeful Thanks
I read the note, said “sure,” and handed the guy today’s paper. He smiled and walked away.
This particular guy a homeless veteran, but he isn’t an Irregular. He chooses to be homeless even though he has steady part-time work, and he is consistently polite and respectful of the Library staff and our materials. Although he most certainly leads an unconventional life he is always a decent guy.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Sometimes the duties required of a librarian absolutely astound me.
Over the years I’ve been a plumber, a furniture mover, and an all-around problem solver. Today however, was a new one even for me…
Allow me to back up a bit here. This situation began about a week ago when our Childrens’ Internet computers lost their Internet connectivity. I quickly diagnosed the problem and fixed it, however my solution apparently circumvented the filtering that we use only in the Childrens’ Department.
[aside] I’m not a fan of Internet filtering. It gets in the way of serious research and it’s against professional ideals. That said, I have absolutely no problem with filtering only the Children’s computers. I have no problem with this because as long as a child has permission from a guardian that child can use the PCs anywhere in the building… And all other computers are wide-open allowing unfettered intellectual access to information.
Anyway, the specifics of what ensued I cannot reveal as they would most certainly out my true identity. What I can write, however, is that after a full day of attempted fixes on my part, which consisted of altering various network settings time and again, and then checking to see if these changes actually worked, I got to see quite a bit of porn as there is no other way to test a porn filter than to visit porn sites to see if they are blocked.
… My job is very strange, even when I’m all by my lonesome.
A guy was arrested in a Kentucky library for spanking off to the WWE online:
It’s always nice to know that others share my pain…
As if anything isn’t weird @ the Library.
Anyway, today a guy I never saw before came in to use the Internet. This particular guy was in a wheelchair and he went about his business without any indication of abnormality whatsoever. However, once his Internet session ended he began roaming around the reference stacks kind of orbiting the area until he came to rest facing us at the Reference Desk…
And rest he did.
He sat there looking at us for almost an hour. He sat and he sat just watching us from only about twenty feet away as we went about our business. It was VERY disconcerting. After a while… What seemed like an eternity actually, he rolled on into the restroom and then rolled out of sight.
Totally not library related and absolutely NSFW but I just wanted to show a little link love for Library Vixen who just added me to her blogroll. Somehow I can’t help but think that if I took that job in Napa we would have “met. We librarians all deal with our chosen occupation in a multitude of ways, some of us do the liquid lunch, and others do the nooner… But every one of us has some way of coping with what we’re subjected to as public servants on a continuous basis. LOL, and I’m not saying that this is what Vixen is doing here, but if it was it would be a damn good coping mechanism. Either way it makes me a whole lot less Woeful.