Library envy, at first I never understood it but after putting in more time for the library has made me pay more attention to other libraries.
I also just worked at a newly renovated branch to cover for their staff meeting, and the whole place was pristine -- nice and shiny. It was my first time ever visiting/working that branch pre- or post-renovation so everything about it was new to me. I was not the only first timer that day either, for the two hours I worked the desk there were 6 patrons who came up and commented on how great the new branch is. To be honest, anything new is nice, but I would take my 12 year old branch any day.
It is only more annoying when patrons come up to the circ desk either to get a new card, check materials out, or just walk up to tell me that "Their Library System/Branch" is much better because:
- They have a bigger/better/newer building.
- They have more books.
- They lend video games.
- They lend sheet music.
- They don't have late fees.
- Their public internet stations are better (aka no pr0n filters).
- They're BFF's with all of the staff.
- They have better Wi-Fi.
- They have a cafe.
- They have more electrical outlets.
How am I supposed to respond when you tell me that the branch I am working at "sucks" because no one smiles and no one is your friend like your old hometown library which is across the country.
Well, to be honest, I didn't take offense to that lady because after I checked out her materials, she thanked me for smiling. Apparently I am the only one working at that branch who does. I can completely understand why too (I am only enslaved there on Sundays). I try to remember to smile (even fake ones) because they release endorphins which makes working at such a hell hole a little bit more sufferable.
So that lady gets a Bibliotecher pass, but I swear, the next patron who complains about how our DVD selection is lacking compared to a different library they frequent, will be buried under a pile of smelly, snot-encrusted, bacteria-infested, half-chewed on boardbooks.
You've been warned.