Thursday, March 31, 2011

MLIS Progress: Beginning of the End...

Question: Why is it that near the end of every semester professors decide to assign all of the projects and assignments at the same time?

Man, FUNK DAT!  Enough with the busy work!

If you don't get the early 90's reference, well, Google it if you're that curious.

This week marked the beginning of the end of my illustrious MLIS journey.  If all goes well, I have registered for my last two semesters (this summer and fall).  Apparently they are not offering Home Ec so I had to settle for Collection Development.

Exactly one year ago I was in my first semester and now I am half a librarian, maybe closer to 7/12ths, uhmm, I think, I was never really good with math.  I have learned more about the profession as a whole more than I have about what I can transfer to any librarian position.  More about that later, right now I have to get back to all the busy work I've been assigned.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Getting Freaky in the Stacks...

Police: Pair involved in sex act in library stairwell

Okay, so they weren't getting busy in the 613.9 section of the stacks, but an 18 year old female and an unnamed male were caught with their pants down by police in a library stairwell in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I'm fairly certain that the female was not in the right state of mind due to her fornicating in a public library to begin with, so no shocker that when the cops confronted them she 'booked' it (harharhar) without her pants, shoes, and uhm--underwear to avoid being arrested.  She was later found in a bathroom.

Thankfully, my only close encounters with these similar scenarios involved first base.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

They Say Not to Judge a Book by Its Cover...

But if I were to, this has to be the best juvenile book out there.

I came across this brand new book this morning from delivery, it still had the fresh from the press smell.

This is my new favorite juvenile cover.

Calling Dibs on Items in the Lost and Found...

Being in charge of the branch's Lost and Found, I run into a lot of items.

If no one claims it in a month, the items are up for grabs. Any children's books in good condition I give to the children's department to add them to our collection with the exception of this boardbook. It's joining my cubicle.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Library with a Sense of Humor...

by purechyzyken @ http://imgur.com/MTq6O
If you are not familiar with Rebecca Black's "Friday," I suggest you visit YouTube and turn your speakers up as loud as they can go. 

Seems like this is a library I can have real fun working for.

If anyone is wondering where this picture was taken, it is from Baylor University's library.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Don't Feel Loved? There's an Ice Cream Flavor for That...

So, instead of digging into your favorite pint, you should take a minute and think about how happy you really are with your life/career/relationship/weight/bank account right now.  This will probably lead to some driving back to the grocery store to pick up more ice cream.

I guess anyone can publish a book about anything.
I discovered the same was true with music CD's when I used to work at Best Buy ::cough David Hassellhoff cough::

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Book Drop is NOT a Trash Bin.

The P.A.T.R.O.N. Award of the week goes to whoever dumped a whole bin of soggy, moldy, smelly "donations" in the bookdrop.

The fact that you actually handled these items when they were placed in your car, driven to the library, and then carried to the bookdrop leaves me to believe that you must be crazy to think that the library could/would find use in these items.

Detective Bookman is on the case and when the DNA lab results return from Tech Services you will be billed for all of the Purell we had to use after throwing your garbage away.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Library Tip of the Day.

I know how patrons love how convenient it may be to be able to call the branch and resolve any issues over the phone. I ask that you please try not to multitask while doing so ie renewing your books while driving--reading off your account number on the library card which is attached to your keys which is in the ignition is not recommended. Or let's say calling about your account while you're using the bathroom.

There are certain audible cues that give away your location. Namely, the echo and the sounds of things hitting water. Also, talking louder or clearing your throat does NOT cover up the noise of a 1.6 gallon Kohler flushing in the background.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Creative" --- sure, "Great"--- not so sure...

I came across these books when I was checking in returns.  My first thought was all of the sets from the great sitcoms from the 90's when these books were published: Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Hanging With Mr. Cooper.

They say that fashion is a perpetual cycle, I'm just wondering if these decor will ever come back in style.  Time to swap out those brushed aluminum appliances and granite counters for some formica.

ILL's are for Serious Reading... WRONG.

Working with my branch's ILL's directly and with my years of checking them in and out, all of the titles have seemed to be for research or for some educational purpose.

This particular patron has proven me wrong.

Apparently, someone requested GhettoHeat's Convict's Candy.  I really have no idea why.  The County pays for ILL's and I'm left wondering why it was spent on this.  Yeah, I know, the library is open information for all but c'mon.  Just watch "The Wire" or something.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My First Library Meme...

I was inspired by KMAZ's comment link to create my first library meme.

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Not a Competition... But I'd Be Winning.

There's a new battle in my library and it isn't for funding.
It's for all out breakroom door supremacy and the ish just got real.
My coworkers posted what they thought were "funny" and "cute" pictures they've come across --- pretty weaksauce if you ask me. I took it up several notches with my picture on the right. It makes you laugh, cry, and angry all at the same time!
My coworker said that, "It's on," and that she's going to post a better picture --- psshhhh, I think not. Mine contains the "Library Trifecta" = Cats + Books + Cuteness.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Rough Day at the Library?

I think about "what would Chuck do?"
He'd probably roundhouse every problem patron in the face. I unfortunately am not that flexible. Oh, and I think there was something in the library training handbook about not kicking patrons too.
Shout out to my coworker/friend who saw this item in the Friend's donation bin and decided it belonged in my cubicle instead of the dumpster.

That Time of the Month Again...

Yesterday all 25+ of the library staff were forced into the meeting room to stare across the tables at each other for 2 straight hours. As you can see from my notes, nothing really important is ever discussed at these meetings.
We did celebrate the 20th anniversary of an employee. Yeah, she's a page. I cannot fathom what its like to page for a decade straight let alone TWO decades. I would go insane. She's been through two building renovations, and numerous managerial regime changes. She's a great person and worker. I wonder if I'll end up "stuck" at the County for the next 20 years too...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss.

Our children's librarian decided that everyone working today should be rocking a Dr. Seuss hat.

It could be worse, my coworker tried volunteering me last night to wear the full Cat in the Hat costume. Mercifully I work the morning shift so the timing worked out for me. Another coworker tried on the suit last night and she was prancing around in the back room. She is so freaking excited about wearing it. I would define her as a "Prop-Librarian;" she doesn't own any holiday themed sweaters, but she'll wear a leprechaun hat for St. Patty's or a star spangled hair band on July 4th.

Her surprising alacrity to sport the Cat in the Hat costume leaves me to believe that she's a closet furry (don't Google that, it's really NSFW, that and you won't be able to get the images out of your head).