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Further adventures of the “pranque”

For further posts on this, see this category.


After some very minor celebrity on the former corners of the Internet, the TURDS!! file is updated with a transcription of a letter from the “Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency”. They were hired to, it seems, find out who wrote it. Details below, but scanning and posting came from this officiel blog. By the Way: if you care to scan those other “terrific examples” of these kinds of things, I would appreciate it.

Onward!

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I have never seen this before in a blog

Visiting by accident, the human recommendations blog of the Marion (Indiana) Publique Library, I noticed something actually unique: A total lack of datestamps.

I cannot find anything on the index page or the individual posts to show when they were written or publisht. The URIs are … found it!!

If you clique on the individual images of books, then it says when they were “published”, which means uploaded to the server.

Sadly, the blog hasn’t been updated in almost 2 years. Their idea of not making it easy to see the date makes it hard for an immediate visitor to know if it is all out of date, hence less immediately rejection-worthy. As far as I know this is unique to them.

In the Library: applying for a position

I went on a different library (nearby) to apply for a position that had been advertized as being open. The circulation desk staff had the form and gave it to me to fill out, which I did at a table in the back.

The form had that look of a n-th generation xerox: little dust specks had been magnified each time the paper was copied and become dark random dots; the entire paper was slightly off center and tilted; the type was Times Roman instead of TNR (maybe, I’m not sure on this one).

I filled it out as best I could and then noticed a sign on a nearby table that said something like this:

IF WE FIND OUT WHOSE BEEN STEALING OUR NEWSPAPERS, WE’RE GOING TO PROSECUTE YOU

Exactly like that with all caps. On closer inspection, the piece of paper it was printed on had clearly been previously used to make a paper airplane.

Library gossip desires

I have a problem.

As I have mentioned in previous posts (like this one), I volunteer at a library.

In general this entails just filing books on the shelves and also pulling ones that are requested by other libraries in the system. However, there is some patron interaction and also some unavoidable patron overhearing.

Like any institution open to the public, there are regular users of it and these get to be known for their attitudes and preferences.

Now, I would dearly love to talk about some of these characters to the library staff and also anonymized here, but I feel strongly that that is illegitimate. People who come on a public resource for use should feel that they are not required to exchange their dignity for the use of the place. Just the same, the desire is there. I don’t see a way out.

Library experiences: The fun ones

Some fun things that can happen to you volunteering @yourlibrary:

  • Finding a book that had been misshelved and marked as missing in the catalog/ILS.
  • Managing to answer a patron’s question so thoroughly you know they will never be back.
  • Succeeding in telling a patron they are somehow doing something wrong without actually telling them and insulting/annoying them.
  • Finding out that someone needed volume XXVII of a series and you happen to have that one volume of the entire series.
  • Catching a terrible book before some patron finds it and complains.

I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning things and have time to kill. Just be careful of partisans who don’t want things to change at all, ever.

Let me know if you have things to add to the list.

Aggravations @mylibrary

I’ve been doing volunteer library work lately and have run across an annoying… no, not a patron! To my surprize and delight, all of the patrons I’ve had to deal with personally have been polite and appropriate. I’ve tried to be the same in return.

To my annoyance, one of the trustees of the library has decided to take an animus to us checking patrons out and materials in and otherwise helping out at the circulation desk. By “us” I mean every volunteer who isn’t old enough to collect retirement.

This is seriously wearing on my mind, since I don’t like conflict like this, but I know I shouldn’t let her steamroll me and the rest of us. Nothing usual is distracting me, and even more so, the librarian herself is worried about this.

Apologies to whoever invented the “@yourlibrary” tagline.