Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mercenary, Being

Put innocuous decision-making meetings to work for you at your library by offering your allegiance on contentious votes in exchange for personal favors.

"Which is the best default search for the library catalog: Keyword or Boolean?" It depends. Perhaps the better question is: "Which default search will get you off the reference desk this weekend?"

3 comments:

useless info always said...

Subject searches usually work very well for me. One click and the sub-headings are enough to exhaust anyone to beat a hasty retreat to the stacks.

A well-placed sign, clearly written saying: "On Break" or "Be Back Soon" works awfully well too.

unstricken said...

Oh to be in a library where my vote counted for anything, let alone perks and favors...sigh.

Gus and Fer said...

That's a fact, Jack.

Libraries are not mature enough societies to handle the responsibility of democracy. We humble information professionals should be lucky to even have a job to go every morning that doesn't involve (very many) prayer sessions to all-knowing and all-seeing Google.