Likes: terrorizing mortals; libraries; serious eyeshadow; chain wallets; suspiciously lifelike marble statues
Dislikes: people who aren't statues yet; bros; Perseus
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So re: the whole “lol, old people can’t tech” thing that we librarians like to go on about as an excuse for brushing off elderly patrons and making fun of them behind their backs etc., I would like to tell y’all a story about the extremely elderly gentleman recently whom I taught to search our databases, specifically how to use one database to see if we had a specific journal, then to use the holding database to find that publication and search within it, then how to get the full text of the articles he wanted. He was active, engaged, and cottoned onto the process immediately, as opposed to many of my young college-age patrons, who only pick up about half of what I’m showing them and need to be shown multiple times. The extremely elderly gentleman went his way, delighted that he could now get articles from his favorite magazines even after we’d discontinued the print subscription, and it was one of the easiest and most satisfying interactions I’d had in a long time.
That’s it, that’s the story.
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Every patron seems to have a different suggestion for what ridiculous color my hair should be next and I think that’s absolutely adorable <3
Oh my god
That means someone checked out 50 shades of Grey then masturbated to the book or had sex on it.
THAT MEANS SAID SOMEONE CAME ON A LIBRARY BOOK AND THEN RETURNED IT.
I LOVE BOOKS TOO BUT COME ON!
They did come on tho. On the book.
This doesn’t surprise me though. One time at work I almost brought this topic up with my boss about the Fifty Shades books and their cleanliness but then I realized how inappropriate it would be to discuss it with her so I just said nevermind… even though I’m pretty sure she knew where I was going.
omg I’ve been asked if we “sanitize” our library books. lol
The thing is, they picked on 50 Shades because of the content but my bet is that a huge number of library books have traces of all manner of bodily effluvia because PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING.
We once found Valerie Steele’s historical study of corsetry in the men’s restroom, which is pretty funny if you’ve ever read it.
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So afternoon employer’s building has an open staircase, the acoustics of which mean that all speech uttered upon it reverberates throughout both floors of the library, and so it was a super professional decision for me to utter to a co-worker, as we descended, “DAVID BOWIE IN A LOINCLOTH” in clear, ringing tones while the assistant director of the library system awaited us at the bottom of the stairs
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An early estimate shows we may have lost about $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment, and we will need to repair or rebuild the scanning building. It is in difficult times like these that we turn to our community.
What help could we use?
- Funding. Your donations will help us rebuild the scanning capabilities in books, microfilm, and movies.
- Scanning. The employees affected by the fire will need continued digitization work at our alternate location while we recover.
Above: Internet Archive Scanning Center with fire damage to Lleft of main building.
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I am the world’s worst reader’s advisory person ever b/c all I ever read are graphic novels and pulp detective fiction from the 40s
Someone’s all “can you recommend a Christmas book for my book group” and I have to forcibly stop myself from replying “HAVE U TRIED RAYMOND CHANDLER”
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This is it
I can feel it
this is the year I’m gonna finally get rid of all the goddamn Dr. Laura books
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Well I like books and don’t think that something should have to circulate 10 times a year to deserve staying in the collection and think that public libraries should have classics and challenging nonfiction on their shelves alongside James Patterson, so sadly, I am officially Not Hip by many standards, but I also have no respect for those standards so
Believe me, I appreciate the votes of confidence :D
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I forgot my blazer so I’m in a t-shirt and multiple tattoos are showing, I’ve been playing Neubauten quietly over the class speakers as students come in, and I plan to do my demo searches on the history of and changing attitudes towards tattooing. Am I a hip librarian yet?
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xoxogothicgirl asked: What kind of schooling did you have to go through to become a librarian?
Thanks for asking this, but I’ll apologize in advance for how long it gets. I think the question of how one becomes a librarian is really interesting (and increasingly important).
I had to get a Master’s in Library and Information Science, which is pretty standard in the US now. It was a good experience and I learned a lot, but there wasn’t necessarily a lot of drilling in certain practical techniques, such as how to use resources and where resources fit into the research process, how to conduct reference interviews, how to perform bibliographic instruction, accessibility and diversity in libraries, etc. Some courses did discuss these issues, but not necessarily in much depth, or the courses were not mandatory.
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