Friday, August 25, 2006

Grad school student employee

When I was in grad school I worked in the liberry's computer room. Most of the questions were about how to save to a disc or how to print, and very few were about the databases, but on my first day a guy asked where is the commode? The question threw me, so I just smiled and turned to my colleague who was able to point the student in the right direction. Then we looked up the history of the word commode.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

One of those weird days

--The plumbers had to cut a hole in the wall of our office, so everyone was wandering around trying to find someplace to work.

--A guy insisted I find him a book on TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART, one that literally says that in the index.

--Two different people ended up bleeding on the reference desk.

Maybe keep it another 35 years?

I just found a book with water stains and mold and was about to weed it...then noticed that someone wrote in pencil on the book pocket "Damage noted 4/8/1969".

Monday, August 21, 2006

Is it the hair? The new shirt?

Things people have called me this morning:


Look in 332.02401 & 305.4

Not Advisable Guy is back:

Me: Can I help you find anything?

NA Guy:
Just a million dollars and a harem.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


I was back at the old branch today for a while, and there was a guy wearing scrub pants and a hospital gown, with all these bandagey things like he had had IVs in him. Freaky.
Just usin' the computer like nothing was wrong.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


A guy from ABC called up wanting information on a local Historic Event--apparently they are doing a documentary on one of the people involved.
With Frank's help I found him some places to go for the photos he needed, and he was way impressed. Go us! (And thanks, Frank!)


A guy comes up to the desk and wants to know if I can find him a picture of a brown recluse spider. He says he wants to make sure the spiders in his daughter's treehouse aren't dangerous...and then pulls out a jar with 3 spiders in it! Luckily, I kind of like spiders and am not one of those shrieky people.

We decide, with the help of this useful UC Riverside website, that they aren't recluses, and with the help of the GENIUS What's That Bug site, that they are probably Jewelled Araneus orb weavers. Cool.

It turns out they aren't especially dangerous, but he still says he's going to clear them out--"It's my treehouse, not theirs!"

Good luck with that

A lady rushes in five minutes before closing:

"Where are your books on the sign Leo? My husband's a Leo. I don't understand him."

Friday, August 11, 2006

No bet

Aspiring Internet User: Can I use this computer that nobody's on, or do I have to wait for my reservation?

Me: Sorry, it's reserved for 11:15, in two minutes.

AIU: Okay.
Say, do you gamble?

Me: Wha?

AIU: I'll bet you a dollar they don't show up at 11:15 exactly.

Future Librarian?

A girl comes up to the desk and wants to know where the graphic novels are.
I show her, and a few minutes later she comes back and asks, "Is it okay if I put them in order?"

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Wasn't what?

Written inside the back cover of Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry:

"I mean, it wasn't"

and in a different hand, the number 14.

Maybe they were in the middle of a letter and got the book mixed up with the stationery? Odd.