Saturday, December 06, 2014


What I'm doing between questions: ha ha, funny. Back-checking an order I started Thursday, and RSS feeds

9:00 [children's room]
  • Pay to print
  • Help with opinion paper support documentation, due Monday [Mom's PIIISSSSSED, but he's a good kid]
  • Stapler
  • Pencil

10:00 [children's room]
  • Where are the printed documents going? [adult area, why?]
  • Email to IT about weird printing--note stuck to computer for staff
  • Introduce self to volunteer whose name I never knew (probably won't remember either... Lilly, Lilly, Lilly...)
  • [forgotten, random stuff]

  • Help logging in to take real estate test online [takes 20 minutes]
  • Scratch paper 
  • Tax forms
  • Candlestick charting for dummies? [well that's 6+ years old, but there is a Candlestick charting demystified from 2012 I can try getting--yes please]
  • Why can my boss who lives in [next town] use this library? [well, the state let's you use your public library card anywhere in the state, can use his library too: "Why would I want to?" Awww....]
  • Consumer Reports on cameras
  • Help with scan-to-print station
  • Can we load stuff off a thumb drive? [yup]
  • Help printing
  • T out here asking when I'm going to lunch, etc., and 'warning' me about the logo "thing" that's going on this afternoon....yeah, nice timing Boss, an hour before we close on a Saturday
  • Dirty looks and scowls and sighs from Professor Shhhhhhhhh! because he needs SILENCE for chess-playing.  Asshat-combover 

  • Books on Buddhism for a co-member of my Friday night AFG
  • Help saving resume
  • Just noticed that Prof. Shhh is wearing a HGTV RoseParade Crew hoodie. Now I want to ask if it's for realz
  • [phone] How to get from the nearest interstate to the local post office ["can I get there by 1?" only if you drive like an asshole]
  • Where is the non-fiction? [right here, but what are you looking for?] The crash of 2016 [checked out on Monday, do you want to do a hold?] Nope
  • about on Kindle or audio? [it is available that way but no one local has it; ILL the CD?] No, thanks

  • The internet just kicked me off [well, yeah, dude you've been online ALL DAY--sigh--I give him a short-term pass while he blusters about taking a quiz and no warning and how he can't have been hear six hours....]
  • Board member comes to tell me that our ladder (the one that belongs in my household) is still behind his sister-in-law's house and he's worried it might get stolen (it's been there since spring and the project isn't done yet, so yeah)
  • Logo "thing"? [upstairs]
  • [phone] Four Wanda Brunstetter books, none of which is here, and we only own one of them anyway
  • I finish ILLing a DVD that T said wasn't in our part of the state to ILL--yes it is
  • Refill the printers, check to see who's hanging around in the study areas, listen to applause from upstairs re the logo "thing"
  • Kid (age 10-ish) asking for "guides" about knives [we, which fortunately is what he's looking for]
  • Announcement for kids to call their rides NOW
  • Pick up today's papers
  • Mumbly-stutterer asking about Google Earth...also paying to print
  • Same guy--he's been coming here for decades--also tells me about the article he printed that tells how to know if you're stick because you're sick or because of bioterrorism, cuz that's how he rolls
  • Final reminder that we're closing in 15 (GO HOME!)
  • Basement check
  • And it's 4:53 with two people left back here besides me, one online, one not....
  • ....DONE!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


What I'm doing between questions: catching up on endless RSS feeds, and subject heading cleanup.

I had to return to this because of the first question I was asked today....

  • [phone] "Is 'duh' a real word?" Yes, it's in our 2003 Merriam-Webster. And we need an updated Dictionary here at Ref....
  • Guest pass for internet
  • "Can I have headphones?" We have earbuds (and normally headphones) to purchase for $1. "Oh. Nevermind"
  • Note to staff about Werewolf suddenly drifting towards scamming for money and lying about returning material -- and as I wrote that, she came over to ask about printing and somehow she's killed the taskbar/tab of the Firefox page, so ... yeah she's still coming in in spite of the 10 month break in updating this blog
  • "I don't have a 'user key' for this class I'm trying to register for" Click on "pay" and you don't need one. ;-)
  • Sam won't let kid login -- I go over and eventually it works (had to delete his password...twice!)
  • Also, same kid, Google docs won't print because of something Adobe related
  • User Key kid can't open class docs, also because of Adobe
  • [notes to tech people about all this]
  • Signing out of study room (a person who knows where the clock is AND how to read it!)
  • Wolf wants to know how to find and print the next king she wants a picture of...but has to go right now (eyeroll from me) 
  • Staff member here on her day off looking for books on Amelia Earhart  -- we chat
  • Dude shows me his hand-made lanyard for his flashdrive that has a Doctor Who ID badge on it (his name and phone # on the back)  -- BRILL!
  • Another person who knows where the clock is and how to use it (signing IN this time)
  • Help scanning to email
  • "Should I say 'yes' to downloading Adobe?" I go click on it to ensure plausible deniability for the patron
  • Help scanning to email-- awesome
  • Request for vols 1 & 2 of Attack on Titan No Regrets -- we'll buy since we have the main series
  • Scratch paper
  • Pictures of atoms (after a lengthy reference interview that started with "science"--fun kids though)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


What I'm doing between questions: checkign the Death Dates list from last September to see what's in our . far . behind . . .

Two librarians are gone today, as well as two regular circ staff, and the director. This week has been rather mayhemish already, not even counting the staff drama.

  • Pay to print
  • I cannot stand looking at this crapola tape residue on the top of the desk another second!! Clorox wipes and various flat edges and elbow grease and it's finally gone--and now there is one 8" square of the desk that is cleaner than clean
  • Local weekly paper
  • Meanwhile, I'm being visually assaulted by a pudgy middle-aged buttcrack 10 feet from me. Dude could set the building on fire and I wouldn't look his direction
  • Question from tech person about whether DVDs have labels
  • Problem with logging on to the net with guest pass
  • I restart a few computers that are looking weird...and that doesn't really help
  • ...and discover someone else with a shirt/trouser gap....
  • Pay to print
  • Butt-Crack Dude's phone rings ("What Does the Fox Say?") and he leaves
  • Two people sign up for Study Room use and by the way, who is that in #3? No one signed in...I check and she's just leaving
  • Paper is back
  • There are a lot of homeless guys people here today, meeting and greeting
  • Study room shifting around
  • Pay to print
  • Another tech with a question about Scooby Doo DVDs = small kids' section or older kids' section?
  • Want ads fodler is back (oh, yeah, didn't even notice it was gone)
  • In my email:
    I just got off the phone with a representative from [vendor]. They make customized pencils and magnets and water bottles and the like for businesses and libraries. This is the second time I have had someone try to sell me mood pencils for $1,000 a box. I do not want to deal with them anymore. They come up on the caller ID as '[acronym].' If you see that and they ask for me, please tell them I am unavailable or not interested.
    I would add "dead" to the last, just to be sure they got the point ("the point" ha ha ha--I'm losing it)

  • "Something weird is on my computer screen" [wow, last person's Word docs are still there...I delete them]
  • The director's response to previous email:
    Better yet, refer them to me. I am long past holding back on telling pushy vendors to leave my staff and myself alone.
  • [phone] My Brother Sam Is Dead (our copy is out)
  • Purchase headphones
  • Non-local library patron needs to use internet; I add his card to our database
  • More time online
  • Library's address (for online map directions)
  • Chat with the usual regular guy--that I like--which he begins by saying "Good night for chili" and I ask if he's bringing me a bowl since I work till 9. I really do like this guy a lot
  • Mac (uh oh) PDF document saved on his laptop, won't print when USB is in our computers...ok, so technically, it will print but the parts he's filled in don't show up [some kind of 'translation' issue]; he ends up suggesting, theoretically, that he plug his Macbook into our printer and going direct. "Theoretically," it works, and he can fax now those "theoretical" pages off to the employer
  • Celiac disease and gluten-free stuff
  • Why do we have two different kinds of headphones back here to sell? Email sent...

  • [phone] Dr Brand that I used to bring my aunt to in the 1930s...yup, found him and the guy tells me a couple of fun stories about the Good Old Days
  • [phone] Everyone's favorite (or not) Werewolf, needs books about Wuertemmburg in the 18th century
  • Pay to print
  • Reserve for The Secret Rooms [and I put my name down for it too because it's about Belvoir Castle near where my sister's family grew up]
  • Signing out of study room
  • Pay to print
  • Children's librarian points out a book that has no photo in the catalog [can't get it to show, sorry]
  • Guest internet pass
  • Our local "nice" drunk is back, a little inebriated, but generally ok-ish