Friday, May 30, 2008

Innuendos, Using library

With the sexual harassment fuddy-duddies trying to ruin everyone’s fun, librarians are forced to get creative with library-related innuendos for their explicit workplace small talk. Some examples:

  • I’ve got something he can check out!
  • May I pull your call slip?
  • I’d like to cite that in the bibliography.
  • I think his index is cross-referenced.
  • I think she’s got a little mildew in her special collections.

Ask the readers: Got any other library innuendos you’d like to share? Use the comments section below.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tutorials, Creating online

If your library’s patrons are having a hard time navigating the wealth of information on the library web site, create online video tutorials to demonstrate some simulated searches. If your patrons can’t figure out how to use the tutorials, create a “How to use this tutorial” web page. You can then print this page and hand it to patrons when they wander to the desk and ask you how to search for information.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hands, Washing your

Librarians who use waterless soap to repeatedly wash their hands should consider investing in disposable surgical gloves to keep germs at bay. One can never be too careful… there’s no telling who’s been rubbing their ass all over your keyboard.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Crafty, Being

Librarians should try to carve out part of their library work days for knitting, crocheting, and needlework. Appropriate occasions for doing crafts include your reference desk shifts, staff meetings, and professional development workshops. If these subtle cries for help don’t work, try broadcasting your sexual frustration by starting one of those “I’m a knitting librarian” blogs.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Committees, Naming

How to name a library committee:
  1. Pick a corny acronym.
  2. Find words that loosely fit letters in acronym.
  3. Form a subcommittee to look into changing the name of the committee to a fit a new corny acronym.
Ask the readers: What is your library's best committee acronym?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Given names, Eschewing

Never let anyone at your library call you by your first name. It is demeaning. You are a librarian and you command respect from both patrons and colleagues. You are a Mr. or a Ms. You should demand that your library’s plastic name tags reflect it.

Nothing stings like having someone call you by your given name as they ask you for directions to the toilet.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Patrons, Dating

Librarians should always consider their clientele as a potential dating pool. You never know... occasionally one of your homeless patrons just might be desperate enough to be seen in public with you.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Collections, Special

A good librarian should collect something. Anything. House your collection of unicorn figurines, Pez dispensers, or dog skulls in your library workspace to show your coworkers what a well-rounded individual you are.

Ask the readers: Got a coworker who collects weird stuff? Let us know in the comments section below.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Feng Shui, Practicing

A librarian should always position his or her computer monitor so that its screen is not observable by casual passers-by. Viewing online pornography at work can create a hostile work environment if other people can see it too.