May 31, 2011
This incident was proceeded by a group of teens and their aunt who wouldn't get off of our computers, a bitchy middle school aged girl that I had to put in her place and chocolate peanut butter ice cream -- The ice cream was the highlight of my day.
I hope tomorrow goes a little better and my back stops hurting.
May 30, 2011
♥ The Big Uneasy: ALA Preview 2011
♥ British Library Creates A "National Memory' With Digital Newspaper Archive
♥ Two Teen-Created Music Videos Nab 'Why I Need My Library' Contest
♥ Robots Hoard The Books At Mechanized Library
♥ Bid To Stem Library Visitor Fall In Cumbria
♥ Warriors Who Became Walking Libraries
♥ Save The Libraries: ALA 2011
♥ The Best In Library Branding
♥ Oxfordshire County Council Says Axed Libraries May Stay Open
♥ A Librarian's Many, Many Records
♥ L.A. School District Tells Librarians: You're Not Teachers
♥ At BEA, Librarians Describe Challenges & Future Of eBooks
May 29, 2011
May 28, 2011
Later on I look online and see that season two had been returned, so Justin and I headed back to the library to get it. I get one of the Pages to give it to me from the back because they hadn't shelved it yet and then I headed to circulation. I busted out my ID for the new bunch of ladies at circulation and they were so rude to me. "We can't look up out of district patrons library card numbers... Blah blah blah..." I had Justin give them his card and they continued to be annoying (Justin's library card is from the library I work at because it's the only library he ever walks into). After being pains and checking it out for us they look at us and say "You don't have to return it here, you can return this at your home library..." I looked at the two bitches and told them I knew that because I was a librarian at my home library. Once I said that those bitches changed their tune... "Oh, why didn't you say you were a librarian?! We would have checked it out for you out of courtesy!"
I could not believe how rude they were to me. I cannot wait to tell my Director on Tuesday so he can tell their Director that their clerical staff is rude to out of district patrons.
May 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
May 24, 2011
♥ Wishing The Public Library A Happy 100th
♥ 20 Percent Of Joplin Public Library's Staff Lose Homes In Tornado
♥ Don't Discard The Librarians
♥ We're Not Dragons In Pearls, Say Librarians, We're Just Misunderstood
♥ Margaret Atwood On Why School Librarians Rule
♥ Burlington County Librarian Fights HarperCollins' Limits On eBooks
♥ Night At The New York Public Library
♥ The New York Public Library At 100
♥ New York Public Library Celebrates 100th Birthday
♥ NY Public Library Turns 100, Not Just With Books
♥ Funding Cuts Closing Book On All 62 Branches In Queens Library
May 23, 2011
May 22, 2011
In the past year I’ve traveled to nine different countries, graduated with my MLIS, been to numerous meetings and conventions, dealt with crazy patrons and stupid coworkers, gone on road trips, made new friends, dyed my hair at least four different colors, gone to more baseball games than you all have probably cared to read about, been asked to be a bridesmaid, fought and made up with various people, gotten drunk on more than one occasion and created at least a little bit of chaos in the library.
I hope that more of the above, as well as the opportunity for new adventures arise this year and for many more years to come. As long as I am living my life and having adventures I’ll continue blogging and I hope that you all will continue to follow my journey through life.
Thank you for supporting me!
May 21, 2011
It was a really dick move on this guys part because there were some nice books in some of those boxes that the library could have used. Instead of coming back tomorrow and giving the library the books he left them outside on a day when it was supposed to rain shortly after he left them.
When we saw the boxes outside we were cursing up a storm and then we all looked through the boxes -- We librarians love ourselves some books. I grabbed some of the exceptional looking books and threw them into my car so that I can bring them into work on Monday and put them in the collection.
I wonder if the books are still outside the front of the building...
♥ Ashford University Introduces Bachelor's Degree in Library Science & Media
♥ Library Pages Laid Off & Reinstated In Same Week - Trustees Upset
♥ Libraries In The Internet Age
♥ Waukegan Library Among 16 To Receive State Grants
The next day I found out that later on that day (At least three hours later) that she went upstairs to the staff room and was crying uncontrollably. She cried so much that the Director didn't understand what she was saying and made her write it down. At some point she came downstairs and begged our Department Head to let her leave, she wouldn't let her because she had no idea what was going on. Eventually "Julia" told her her version of the story -- In her version of the story I am a hostel person and she wants to quit.
When I found out about all of this (From the Head Clerk/Union President) I stormed into our office, kicked "Mini Page" out and told the Department Head what had actually happened . She said she was glad I told her because "Julia's" story didn't make much sense to her, but she was upset I was told about it because "Julia" didn't know what she wanted to do and she didn't want me to be pissed off all weekend.
I really cannot believe her. She claims that I'm hostel and aggressive, but what about her? She talks down to me, the Pages and other staff memebers. She thinks that because she has been a librarian for X amount of years that she is entitled to God knows what and she throws how long she has been a librarian in people's faced when they do something she doesn't like. I'm sorry, just because you've been a librarian for however many years doesn't make you a good librarian. She's actually a pretty shitty librarian in more than one sense. The only thing she is good at is recommending books, that's about it. She isn't personable, she can't do arts & crafts, she has a horribly irritating storytime voice, she cannot execute anything properly, etc.
I'm not looking forward to Monday because I know that at some point in the day (If she shows up to work at all) that she is going to ask me to talk to her in private. I'm telling you all right now that there is no way in hell that will happen. I refuse to talk to her alone because I don't trust her. From here on out I am going to request that she doesn't talk to me unless it is absolutely work related. I'm going to tell my Department Head that under no circumstance will I be alone with this woman. I'm done dealing with this bitch. No more semi-nice Misfit Librarian.
May 20, 2011
I left all of these books on "Sarah's" desk for when she comes back from where ever the hell she has been for the past several days. She is always complaining that there is never enough work for her to do.
May 19, 2011
I'm assuming my rage over this and a bit of confidentiality kept my Department Head from telling me this when she begged me to cover a school visit for "Julia" about a week ago. Because I'm pretty sure she knows if she told me I would have went crazy and cursed up a storm.
I honestly cannot wait for "Julia" to mention so I can tell her off. I think it is the biggest load of crap ever. I'll let you know how things go next month.
♥ The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library Opens At University Of Chicago
♥ Leeds City Council To Close 13 Libraries
♥ Libraries Work To Boost Image
♥ School Boards Finding It Tough To Fund Libraries
May 18, 2011
May 17, 2011
♥ New York Public Library Launches iPad App
♥ Layoffs, Interrogations: L.A. School Librarians Under Fire
♥ Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries: Focus On Children, Teens
♥ Boards Should Support School Libraries
♥ Detroit Public Library May Close Only 6 Branches
♥ Celebrating 100 Years At The New York Public Library
May 16, 2011
May 14, 2011
May 13, 2011
Ideas That Tweedledum & Tweedledee Came Up With:
- "Julia" wants to do a Nancy Drew Read-a-Thon, which I think is lame.
- "Amy" wants to teach various aged children about different artists and do crafts with them. This would be a good idea if she wasn't a craft retard.
- Tie-dye shirts
- Sand art bracelets
- Manga workshop -- This would be fine if they knew anything about manga, which they don't.
May 12, 2011
Update: About 10 minutes after I posted this I finally got my Department Head to let me leave and go home. It was only 40 minutes early but I was happy to get out of there and go lay down in my bed.
May 11, 2011
Now all I have to do is take a couple of more classes for CEUs and apply for the Librarian I civil service exam. That way I can finally become an appointed librarian and I can tell "Julia" and "Amy" to go to hell. I can't wait!
May 10, 2011
♥ Library Layoffs & Cuts Proposed in New York City
♥ 2,500 Missing Library Books Shelved Under ‘Mystery’
♥ Colorado Librarian Offered Seattle Library System's Top Job
♥ Councilman's Plan to Save Libraries Cuts
Apparently the other day something similar happened and she was throwing the books all over the place and beating them. One of the Clerks had to tell her she couldn't do that because she was afraid a patron would call the police on her or something. I swear my library is like the Island of Misfit Toys.
Librarians, What Kind Of Music Do You Listen To?
May 9, 2011
Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 10, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or e-mailing their elected officials on May 10 – or any time the week of May 9-13.
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), the ALA Washington Office, ALA Chapter Relations, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy will lead Virtual Library Legislative Day, an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level.
ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed encourages all advocates to take part in this united effort to ensure America’s libraries can continue to serve the public. “If citizens who care for libraries remain silent, it’s the same as saying they are okay with low budgets and closed libraries,” Reed said. “The only way for us to make a difference is to make our voices heard.”
So the trip to Washington isn’t in your budget? No problem! By calling and/or e-mailing your elected officials in Washington and asking them to vote for libraries, you can make a difference. Just five minutes of your time will help support and strengthen the efforts of the library supporters in Washington rallying on May 10. If you cannot call or e-mail your elected official on May 10, please do so sometime between May 9-13.
- RSVP on Facebook and share the event with your friends! Encourage everyone to participate. There is strength in numbers and it only takes 5 minutes to show your support!
- Not sure who to contact? Click here to find your elected officials. If you haven't used the Legislative Action Center/Capwiz before to contact your elected officials, check out the video tutorial.
May 8, 2011
May 7, 2011
May 6, 2011
Graduation started at 11:30am this morning and ended around 3:00pm -- This was the academic procession, conferring of degrees, recessional and the recognition reception, plus a random break between the recessional and recognition reception where the MLIS graduates were wandering around because we were told to do a million different things and everyone was confused.
To be honest with everyone, this was the least organized event of it's kinda that I've ever been to. In addition to being unorganized, it was just odd -- We had no speaker, everything seemed to take forever and once the recognition reception rolled around everything became really informal. The highlight of the whole ceremony was the fact that Idina Menzal sang -- I love her, so I got a kick out of this.
Honorary Degree Recipients
- David Sean Ferriero
- Michael John Sandel
- Idina Menzel
All in all, it was a really good day.
May 5, 2011
About Free Comic Book Day:
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.
*Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.
May 4, 2011
Synopsis From Joking Envelope:
A meek librarian lives in quiet frustration until she finds an ancient tome with a horrible spell and transforms herself into a beautiful monster. Whip off your glasses and shake out your hair for this stereotype smashing twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde tale. A rock musical about fantasy, obsession, appearance, and rockin’ the bookmobile after hours. Featuring a live band, original music and some of the top comic actors in the Twin Cities.
Here is a link to their press release for those of you interested.
May 3, 2011
May 2, 2011
May 1, 2011
After work I met up with Erin and Maria, who were walking their dogs. We ended up walking to one of our other friend's houses and getting drunk -- This is not how I typically spend my Sundays, but apparently it is how my new friends roll. We spent a couple of hours there and then we ended up going to one of the local bars where they continued to drink while I watched them. Eventually Erin and I got bored of them and left.
All in all, I'd say it was a good Sunday.
About Privacy Week
From Privacy Revolution:
Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.
The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities. We hope you will explore this site to learn more about what your community can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today. Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, we have tools that can help!
Wondering where to start? Check out some of our materials for libraries here.