Sunday, January 14, 2007

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

What I'm doing between questions: there isn't any time between questions on Sundays! However, there is a football game today that will probably keep people away and glued to their TVs till 3 or so.


  • Why aren't the computers turned on upstairs? [cuz I forgot to do it--which I do for this very nice man]
  • Forgot card; can I look up her number? [yep]
  • Internal Combustion, recently returned [found it]
  • I can't log in [she moves to next computer station and I find that NUM LOCK is off]
  • Where do things print? [right there--patron comes back and says wonderfully nice things about this library...preen preen]
  • Gangbanger alert
  • [I notice a cart with a note from yesterday re items that couldn't be done because of the computer outage, and take the cart to today's page to finish]
  • Complimentary woman asks about printing the stuff at the side of the page, which was cut off [can't do it]
  • Internal Combustion woman asks about a list of all our travel videos and DVDs [I print off one for her from the catalog]
  • Pay for print jobs
  • Local classified ads
  • What do I click on to get into the internet?
  • [Ugh--Smelly Man has arrived]
  • Pencil/paper
  • [Circ person comes to let me know she's noticed some teenies wandering around--"circling"--mostly hovering at the computers; probably up to no good. I turn on the security camera viewer.]

  • Middle school teacher arrives with a million questions about the 1920s [good thing she's nice!]
  • Pencil/paper
  • Online magazine indexes [teacher from the other middle school in town]
  • SAM registration
  • Pay for print jobs
  • The Art of War [find it, and patron confirms it's the right book--"by a Chinese guy"]
  • Novelist...and Diana Gabaldon [I look up the fan site and give it to her, too]
  • A Child Called It
  • Two separate SAM registrations
  • Smelly Guy asks for help [I'm too buried in a flurry of questions to get to him: and he doesn't get cranky with me! WTF! yay]
  • When I print off the internet, where do I pay? [one of the previous registrants, hasn't logged on yet]
  • More time online [Are you kidding? Every station is full! I'm polite but firm and she gives me several dirty looks]
  • Smelly Guy brings me extra scratch paper from printer [??]
  • Stapler. And scissors--Art of War guy
  • More time online [teenager, and she understands completely when I explain]

  • Art of War guy is stapling together resumes and head-shots and starts talking about politics with me
  • 1920s teacher asks about radio shows [I gratefully walk her to the media area]
  • Pay for print jobs
  • Is this street [in a suburb about 90 minutes away] a North or a South or what? [since the map shows that it's only about 5 blocks long, we decide it doesn't matter]
  • Pay for print jobs
  • [phone] How to download ebooks onto my MP3 [I refer him to Librarian H who will be here tomorrow]
  • Are my DVDs that I requested here yet? [no, and one is overdue 3 months, so I put it in the line for ILL instead of getting it in the system]
  • Inorganic chemistry book [hah! I reserve one for him...not likely to be here!]
  • Rants [for Smelly Guy--it's misshelved but I find it]
  • Can't print [stupid PC--this station just has a mind of its own--she tries another station and it won't work, so I print from here]
  • [Punk poseurs arrive with green hair, pseudo-mohawks, and leather jackets (they make me giggle)]
  • [Circ staff member does closing announcement FAR too early]
  • [phone] Today's winning team's fight song, just the lyrics [I'm totally cracking up reading them to her]
  • Pay for print jobs
  • Chat with MLIS student about library 'stuff'


Friday, January 12, 2007

11:00 a.m.- 12 noon; 1:00-3:00 p.m

What I'm doing between questions: Dewey updates (what else??)

  • Music books, nothing more specific [I walk her back and explain the general layout--she is totally in heaven!]
  • Internet printer needs paper
  • SAM app for patron of nearby-but-out-of-system library
  • [phone] Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest [We don't own--though it is in the system--they wanted it for tonight, and he suggests we buy it--I've already started writing an order card for it!]
  • Pencil?
  • Music lady--a regular patron--returns to desk with 67,000 requests for ILL/purchase/reserve...[I spend the remaining 35 minutes of the hour dealing with her--luckily, she's nice--and have to squeeze the other patrons in around her]
  • SAM app for another out-of-town/out-of-system patron
  • [Librarian K comes to tell me I've a call from home, which I can't take because I've got three people waiting--Librarian K goes away without offering to help]
  • Travel videos
  • Pay for printing
  • [My cell phone buzzes: another call from home. They've given up on being on hold. I start worrying, but I still can't answer because I've doing Music Lady's errands in the music section...]
  • Smelly Man runs out of Internet time and moves to the catalog computer next to the desk
  • [They needed my sewing kit at home. Sheesh. National crisis averted when I tell where it is...]
  • Smelly Man finally runs out of ideas of things to search for and goes away
  • How to open a file on a floppy [it has been wiped, God knows how, but she has it saved on her hard drive at home: SMART girl!]
  • Smelly Man wants to know when we got black keyboards [when we opened the building in 2000...years before he started showing up!]
  • Upstairs PC froze [I go reboot it]
  • [Oh! THOSE black keyboards! We do have new black keyboards on some of the computers...oops....]
  • [Librarian Dr comes to tell me that there's an electrician in the basement working on the parking lot lights. We need to check all outside doors very carefully when closing tonight.]
  • Barefoot in the Park [we have it!]
  • Pay for print jobs, for her and her family (not currently here) [...and we spelled her name wrong, to boot, so I correct it!]
  • [I cut up scratch paper...again]
  • [Librarian Dr comes back to say that the circ person at lunch right now is running late, but she (Dr) has to leave promptly at 2. We'll have to punt.]
  • [...and she's back again, with the electrician looking for all the circuit boxes...which I show him...]
  • Tax forms
2:00 [covering for Librarian K, as usual--why is she even on the schedule? She is never here on Friday afternoons!]
  • [Director walks out and asks about guys who look like they are fighting in the reading room--they aren't, but I go ask them to talk elsewhere...feeling silly as they are both super-nice guys]
  • Pay for print jobs
  • Why does it keep printing blank pages with just headers and the web address but no picture that I'm trying to print? [I explain about Print Preview and suggest he move to another computer]
  • Pencil/paper
  • Where are the books on CD?
  • [phone] Number for the IRS
  • Why does this not open right? [It's a pop-up, but I don't know how to override that for this use...and I can't find our tech guy.]
  • [Incredibly tall young woman comes in, sits down to use Internet. Very striking. She's forgotten her library card and asks me to look it up. I realize that she's Polish? Russian? Lovely girl.]