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Month: October 2012

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Happy Halloween! Anyone dressing up today? Any interesting library-related costumes?

I didn’t dress up since, sadly, no one at the library was going to be in costume today. I think it should be mandatory that everyone in the library dress up as a popular literary character. How fun would that be? (Some ideas here.)

A librarian I worked with today did say he considered dressing up as a librarian, wearing a cardigan and putting a bun in his hair (literally putting a bun in his hair, as in a dinner roll. LOL! I always appreciate a good pun.)

Have a fun and safe night trick or treating!

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Curious and Curiouser

Curious and Curiouser

This is just odd. A young man approached me today and asked if I could look in the phone book for John Doe’s address. I checked Canada411, which had the person’s address unlisted, as did the local phone book.
“Sorry the person is unlisted but I can give you the phone number.”
“Oh, I already have the phone number.”
“Well, couldn’t you phone the person and just ask for their address?” I asked politely, trying to keep a straight face.
“Oh, I could, but I thought I’d come down to the library first.”
And off he went… Left me puzzled, but it was nice that he thought of the library first!

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Warm Fuzzies

Warm Fuzzies

Awww, my heart is still warm. I had such a nice reference transaction the other day that left me with a warm, cozy feeling. An older gentleman phoned me with what started out as the most convoluted question I had yet to answer. He started rattling on about his DVD recorder and wanted to know how to operate the machine, specifically how to enable this auto-fill feature so when he’s typing in the name of a program he wants to record it’ll complete the title… Say what? I almost told him that he had reached a public library, not Future Shop. (Apparently he had called London Drugs and was told to contact his local public library (?)) I, of course, tried to help as best as I could. I wasn’t able to find an owner’s manual online, that was downloadable, and I figured it wouldn’t be much help anyway because he didn’t know what that specific feature was called. So I found him the 1-800 number for Toshiba and sent him on his way.

I was helping another patron when he called back, but he left such an elaborate message for me saying how he called Toshiba, which he wouldn’t have called until he talked to me because he thought they wouldn’t be open (it was evening). I had assured him that most support lines are open 24/7. Anyway, he said he got his machine working properly and he was so grateful for my help. “Congratulations! Good work!” He went on an on with his praise. It was so sweet. Such an insignificant problem in the scope of problems one could have, but it meant a lot to him to have his machine working properly. And it was nice to have contributed, in a small part, to his happiness.

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Hello (Library) World!

Hello (Library) World!

Welcome to my journal fellow librarians, library students, and those who simply adore all things librarianishhh. I officially got my first job as a librarian (Information Services Librarian at a public library), so I thought it was an appropriate time to start a blog. In this blog I’ll write about what it’s like to be a newbie librarian; some of the tough reference questions I encounter; all the crazy things that go down in a public library, and just plain fun library-related stuff. Stay tuned…

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