Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Patrons, Stalking

Some say that stalking is the sincerest form of flattery. Don't get caught flattering your patrons by looking up their personal contact information in your online system, delving into their circulation history to gauge their reading habits, or going through their web browser's history file after they leave a public workstation.

Once you get up the nerve, you may have a difficult time asking the person out given that restraining order filed against you.

10 comments:

rachael said...

we are harmless, but patrons who stalk librarians are not quite so...

unstricken said...

Making up nicknames for patrons is still okay, though, right?

Anonymous said...

Damn..I just did that last week - I couldn't help it, she was hawt!!

Librarian Girl said...

So they can stalk us, but not us them. Doesn't seem quite fair.

Anonymous said...

What about stalking a fellow librarian? Is that okay?

Anonymous said...

one of the patron keeps asking my phone number.. to make matter worse.. he is a guy ..not even a girl .. (fyi i'm a man0

Anonymous said...

Don't confine yourself to the library! Watch the blogosphere and when one of the patrons writes about your library, send the link out to your staff.

The patron will be flattered...traffic on their site has been increased and all of those referring urls from your library show up in their site statistics.

Anonymous said...

I once had a patron ask a staff member for her phone number and without the slightest hesitation gave the phone number for the library's main line. He dutifully wrote it down and walked away. I don't know if he ever called, but I always thought it was a good way of deflecting the problem.

Julie said...

What's your point? Are you trying to tell me something? It's always gotten me dates before......

Anonymous said...

Well, having been stalked myself it is not fun at all but I fixed corrected the issue by pulling my shot gun out on the stalker - he never came back to my house again, but still uses the library or rather our computers so he can find other people to stalk. When I get asked out by patrons I give them this number 212-479-7990 it is the rejection line you just give the number they call it and a recorded message rejects them for you in a creative way www.rejectionline.com