Wherein I express myriad incredulities

Public Libraries

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While we do get a few crazies in our library, it’s nothing compared to the year that I worked in the public library.  Oh, friends, there are some epic public library posts that need to be written and Painted.

One of the main differences between a public library and where I work is that by the time we get asked for help, it’s usually because the technology is different than what they are used to or they need something from behind the desk or the wifi isn’t working (again).  We don’t answer too many questions like this:


Now, it may be that we never get those questions because no one is ever actually looking for BOOKS here … but who knows.  At least we don’t really get people like this charming fellow that I encountered at the public library:

… there is a reason I left the public library.  For all of the entertaining (in hindsight) stories I brought out with me, and the amazing people that I worked with (who are much braver than I), it was hard to not hate the world a little more each day.  THAT should be a class for MLIS programs: “How to Not Lose Your Faith in Humanity 101.”

But in all seriousness, folks, the public library is a crazy place.  I still think that a reality TV show needs to be made about the stuff that happens in a public library everyday.  Or maybe, because truth is stranger than fiction, no one outside of it could ever believe it’s actually that insane.


Written by fudgebudget

August 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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