Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Why I am choosing to spend a ton of money on getting my Masters in Library and Information Sciences...

Ten reasons to be a librarian:

1. You totally get to classify things
2. Where else are you going to ruin a person's day over a 25-cent fine?
3. The funky glasses make you easily mistakes for a hipster.
4. You can make up whatever you want and people will believe you just because you're a librarian.
5. You get first dibs on unclaimed items in the lost-and-found box.
6. You get to be in charge of buying furniture that is least likely to show a piss stain.
7.Playing Scrabble on the Internet can be considered "professional development"
8. The most stressful thing that happens is arguing with people over why they cannot view their favorite pornography site.
9.Get to spend two hours designing a sign that says the library will be closed for the holidays.
10. No one says anything when you fall asleep during a meeting.

Ten reasons I should save my money and not become a librarian:

1. Who wants to go to grad school for two years to learn theory you will never use?
2. Those little punk teenagers on skateboards.
3.People kind of expect you to know things.
4. If you know enough about how to find information to be a good librarian, you can definitely make more money doing something else.
5. People automatically assume that you have some weird fetish for cats.
6. People expect you to help them find things when you aer not working just because you know how.
7. Some people think you are weird because you classify things in your house--like clothes and dishes.
8. Writing library policy can be about as fun as watching paint dry.
9. Every great idea you have is likely to get shot down as soon as someone says, "Let's form a committee to decide things."
10. At some point in your career, someone will, or will try to physically assault you over something incredibly lame (like not giving him or her more time on the Internet).

courtesy of my lovely Adult Services Librarian.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wiki this, wiki that

At my library we have a branch wiki where we can post announcements and the like. We also post issues that we've had with patrons to warn our co-workers of the situation.

In the past couple of days, we've had a man come in with a pug sleeping and snoring in a bag. When asked if he had a animal with him, he said "It is NOT an animal, it's a PUG".. that was fun.

We've also had the crazy computer lady who demands complete silence in the library when she is on the computer. She sshhhhs other patrons, and yet she has this hacking cough which just makes me want to tell her, "I'm sorry, you're coughing too loud, can you please be quiet?" Hah.

My favorite the past couple of days has been the Late Show guy. I believe I was the first person to talk to him, he wanted to find out how he could contact the Late Show with David Letterman so he could get on to sing. The Late Show only has an email address for general inquiries which this guy has been given but he has called mulitple times and spoken with my co-workers and asked the same question. Silly man. He's serious too, he really wants to get on and sing.

Fun times at the library.