Friday, September 12, 2008

Emails, Sending flaming

It is generally not acceptable for librarians to send flaming, angry mass emails to their coworkers. Instead, try slapping your coworkers across the face. This direct, personal touch eliminates the electronic paper trail and leaves little room for misinterpretation.

Ask the readers: What inspired the most recent flaming email at your library?

11 comments:

Library Blogger said...

When our IT guy decided that the mail server was getting too full and turned on "autoarchive" for everyone's email without telling anyone and caused it to delete mail, archive mail to strange places, and generally screw things up. Took me all day to get it fixed back to where I wanted it.

Anonymous said...

The unfair firing of a coworker. It inspired a rather interesting backlash of e-mails, poignant comics, and giving the responsible party as much work as we could possible give.

Lady C said...

"How to improve reference service"

Lindsey said...

Environmental conditions in technical services...though, personally, I prefer to write snarky blog posts instead.

Anonymous said...

I like to watch....I sit back while my one slightly "special" coworker flames everybody for minute details of policy non-compliance. His grammar and spelling are atrocious and his angry emails provide tears of joy to my bleak heart.

No flame from me could provide such thrills and entertainment.

libwitch said...

I think the folks at my place have the idea that emails aren't any fun - and leave a track. Therefore, they resign themselves to snarky remarks and acting very polite while saying very rude things to each other at meetings.

Anonymous said...

snarky emails - or replies to emails - WILL come back to bite you (at least here in my library).

Words to the wise: don't type anything that you wouldn't want read aloud at a meeting; and, don't delete any emails that prove you tried to to your job (as you understood it) but simply could NOT get answers, information, basic cooperation out of certain other people in your building!

Anonymous said...

Also, keep all emails which your supervisor (who doesn't keep ANY emails) sends you, because they will inevitably contradict each other and you will then be able to a) prove that you've been given contradictory directions or b) choose the option which suits you best and if questioned pull the appropriate email which backs up your choice.

Naturally, I'm a huge fan of "b."

Anonymous said...

The most recent spat of emails came when our tech guy decided to format the public access computers to shut down automatically, but only sometimes, and without telling us; he also changed the login passwords without telling us he was going to, and was shocked when we couldn't log in because the passwords are "pretty close to the originals."

soren faust said...

You should save your snarking indulgences for the Annoyed Librarian blog.

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