Saturday, July 28, 2012

Liberrians rock!

This is part two to the post about Bob & the crazy day.  The woman was still shadowing me during this question.

Man:  I'm looking for a book I checked out for my son, probably April or May.  It had a white cover, and it was new.

Me:  What was the book about?

Man:  It was like Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley's Believe It or Not.  But I know for sure it was new.

I know the call number is 031 for trivia books like that, so I took a shot and went into Millennium and searched call number = 031, then I limited the date to be after 2010.  Four books came up as a result.  I showed the man the list and he picked it out immediately:  Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail.  And it was published in October 2011!

I should have said-- BAZINGA!

Literally a crazy day!

I had someone shadow me today, and boy did she get a taste of what it means to be a liberrian at Branch Y.

Man about 50, I'll call him Bob, yelling at top volume into his phone: I AM CALM, I AM CALM. YOU'RE THE ONE YELLING... Over and over. I walked over to him and said you need to take your call outside (real effective). To which he responds in his phone SEE YOU ARE GETTING ME KICKED OUT OF THE LIBERRY. YOU'RE THE ONE WHO ISN'T CALM... Of course he doesn't move, but the call ended before I could get Tech Jack involved.

About an hour later Bob comes to the desk (with no apology) and asks me to proofread his document that has numerous spelling mistakes (no, I didn't go over and look at it).  I said I can tell you where you can find a dictionary for all the spelling mistakes, but proofing is not part of my job. (Besides, what guarantee is it that makes him think I know how to spell all the words correctly off the top of my head?  Clearly it is NOT A SERVICE WE PROVIDE).  Enough about Bob.

Another creepy guy about my age came to the desk and asked me who gave me the flowers. I said I don't know but wasn't that nice of someone to give them to the staff. He said they "shoulda-given-them-to-you" all in one breath. I replied "no thanks" and he walked off.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Introducing...Laundry Guy!

We have a new regular here at Branch X! (are we Branch X or Y?  I forget)

He has several interests:

  1. Laundry
  2. Roller Skating
  3. Dishwashing
  4. Movies with "love scenes"
  5. Amusement park wait times
He is here nearly every day, and we usually have several conversations that go something like this:

LG: Can I ask you something?
Me: Sure.
LG: Say you have a comforter, twin size, and two sheets, twin size, and you put them in the dryer at setting 60, high heat, casual press.  When you open the door, will it be really, really warm?

or

LG: Do you know the word "tumble"?
Me: Yes.

You'll often walk past him in conversation with a staff member who is looking thoughtful and saying something like "yes, low heat will take longer" or "no, I prefer to add the soap before the water."

J as in what?

Lady with lollipop in her mouth, but no discernible accent: "Can you tell me where to find the JA section?"
Me: "JA? Do you mean JE?"
Lady: "J [she is very clearly pronouncing it JAY] as in YARN."

Is this some kind of regional thing?  Like "zed" instead of "zee"?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Big reference question of the day


Woman about 75:  Hi, I'm looking for books about the history of Southern Italy and Ancient Greece between the seventh and eighth centuries BCE.

I had to resort to one of our catalogs that is connected with the local universities in order to find books on the matter.

When in doubt, call the liberry.

Woman on phone:  What's the jazz entertainment tonight at the local Hyatt in City X?
Me:  Have you called the hotel?  They would probably know better than I would.

So I have her the number...

happy ending

Friday, July 13, 2012

Children's Area

I worked for a few hours today in the children's area.  There were 2 mothers with their little kids sitting at a table & coloring.  The boy's mom stated that her son had never colored before.  (He was about one maybe).  So the girl (probably a three year old) helped the boy and showed him what to do.

The boy's mom thanked the girl:  wow, you are such a good teacher, so patient, so nice.

The girl responded by yelling-- I'M A GIRL!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Library jargon, appropriate use of...

A lady came up to the desk the other day, saying she'd just returned a book but she wanted it back again.  I told her to ask the workroom staff to look for it and she came back very confused, saying they told her it was trapped in a hole.

I explained to her the concept of a book trapping a hold, that is, when it's checked in it triggers a message telling us to send it to another branch for someone else who's requested it...but I'm sure now she imagines the book drop as some kind of oubliette from which books never return!